when he read in a magazine about creating
a tower-like building using telephone poles,
it sounded like a great idea, or if not great at
least cheap. Only it wasn't great or cheap. The
pole project certainly wasn't effortless. Tele-
phone poles, Ray soon learned, were notori-
ously crooked and required that every piece
of lumber connected to the poles be custom
cut and fitted into place with great care. Even
after fitting the supports, walls, and windows
together, a driving Texas rain followed by two
structure as if it were in a bowl of Jell-O.
three-story tower leaned and wobbled even
as it was being built. But then, giving him his
due, he wasn't a quitter, nor was he much of a
planner. When anyone asked to see the con-
struction drawings for the tower/attached-
hangar affair, Ray lifted a calloused finger
and tapped on the side of his head, as if to say,
"It's all up here."
construct the pole house. Photo courtesy of Dave Mandot.