My brother has joined us for a few days.

Not so much for a visit (although he comes from “The Island”), but to help us build two decks, one for the back and one for the front.

Many years ago, my brother and I built a deck.

Now, almost 40 years later, we are at it again!

The first deck, of decades ago, was at the end of a summer of fine furniture construction.

We had decided to create wood (oak mostly) art pieces for others. One commission saw us create a dining room table with an almost three inch thick oak top – with a well placed
decorative knot in one corner. Even our side tables were unique.

This was 1981 – the beginning of what we now call the 80’s with disco, delicious dineables, and decks!!

My wife asked for a deck at the back of the house. Two to three feet high. Spruce. Nothing fancy.

My wife and I were into the “poor student” mode. My wife had a minimum wage job. I was studying such esoteric things as the Hebrew word Hesed. We had some brothers living with us, but their meagre rents did not put us above the poverty line.

My brother and I conferred! We decided to use only dowels – this was to be a classic deck. Although we used 2”x4” wood, these deck boards would be uniquely routered. The size would evolve as we went along – sort of keeping cost in mind.

Which size ended up looking more like a dock than a deck.

Quite literally you stepped out the back door and, in winter, slide to the end of the deck/dock and down the stairs.

Unfortunately, this masterpiece no longer stands, In my visits to Regina, I have wandered past the old house. Although a fence blocks a full view of the backyard, I can say without equivocation that there is no back deck. At least not one my brother and I built.

NOWADAYS, things are different.

We are using special lag screws; the decks are made of treated wood beams, joists and decking planks; and the size, well . . .

The front deck is around four feet off the ground and is 8’ x 13’. The back deck is 12’ x 20’.

No docks here!

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Ron Baker
Ron Baker is a recently retired (2005) member of the Kindersley community. His roots run deep – his grandfather homesteaded just outside Kindersley in the early 1900's. Ron was born in the old Kindersley Hospital, has made his home in various other communities over the years, but keeps coming back. Committed to the community, Ron has found his local involvement has proved to be great fodder for some hilarious tales and tragic events. His experience in administration and working with people, along with his love for a good story, ought to help to bring daily life to life! Ron blogs at, and is pleased to be a part of the writing “crew” at Kindersley Social.