MORT’S CABIN is a place
where childhood memories embrace the spirit and magnificent beauty
that is Washington State. Darold Andersen, owner, named his shop in
memory of his father MORT, who likewise had a deep love of the
natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. “I feel blessed with many
wonderful childhood memories of our cabin along the Nisqually River,
skiing at Paradise on Mt. Rainier, stream fishing, hiking, and clam
digging at the ocean.”
work in shade making and lighting design aspires to capture and
celebrate the spirit of the Pacific Northwest, the folk art of the
early rustic camp style, and the American arts and crafts movement,
with inspirations coming from nature, Native American blankets and
baskets, and, of course, “The Mountain”. A major turning point and
creative surge followed a camping tour of the great lodges of the
West he took in 1997.
All shade designs are one of a
kind and made from parchment, hand-cut deer hide lacing, vintage
fabric, willow, leaf material, antler, and found objects. Some
lighting designs are collaborated with other craftsman, with the end
result being a unique, one of a kind object of art.
The shop functions as a working
studio for shade making and a gallery for a lifetime of collecting
“vintage cool stuff.” The showroom is filled with Pacific Northwest
memorabilia and cabin collectibles along with ceiling fixtures made
from snowshoes and table lamps with handmade art pottery bases.
Darold meets with clients and decorators around a vintage 50’s
chrome kitchen table, making the setting warm and casual.
Shades can take from several
hours to weeks to construct, and range in price from $58 to $900.
The average shade price is $280.
Darold opened his shop (Dec. 12,
2001) after years of having his dining room and living space in his
Wallingford home serve as his work studio. The shop is open by
appointment or when Darold’s working on projects in the back room.
“I want to be like the village cobbler, but instead of shoes, I make
old-fashioned parchment lamp shades for that lamp from the attic
that needs to come to life again, and a store-bought stock shade
just won’t do.”
Stop by MORT’S CABIN at
Harvard Ave. East, one block south of the University Bridge.
There is free parking at the door and in the lot next to the
building. Calling ahead or making an appointment is highly
recommended. The phone/fax number is (206) 323-MORT (6678).