1996 - Volume #20, Issue #6, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Outhouse In A Bottle
Somehow that strange idea occured to Orin Secoy 25 years ago and since then the retired Athens, Ohio, resident has put more than 30 "classic" outhouses into bottles.
"I first started thinking about it when I saw a really unique double-decker in Montana in 1968," Secoy says. "I built a wooden scale model of it and then decided to put one in a bottle."
He makes his privies out of cedar.
"They're constructed inside the bottle, one piece at a time, instead of being built outside the bottle and then inserted into it the way most ships are," he says. "It takes at least six hours to finish one, using two 14 to 16-in. long dowels with needles on the ends to handle the pieces inside the bottles."
One of Secoy's larger outhouses, built inside a whiskey bottle, even has a weather vane on top.
He takes some of his creations to shows and has even sold a few for $25 to $35 apiece. His current interest is in obtaining photographs of outhouses of U.S. presidents so he can build scale models of them.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Orin Secoy, 9221 Hooper Road, Athens, Ohio 45701 (ph 614 592-2229).
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