Chris’s Do-it-Yourself Grandparents


Penelope and I met Tom & Peggy for the first time and it had been a few years since Chris had seen them, so it was a much needed reunion.


Chris has told me how handy his grandpa is, but I seriously had no idea how handy until Tom showed me around their [beautiful] home and pointed out everything he had made. I snapped a few photos of the Dobrusky originals. Thought you might enjoy.


Peggy showed me photos of how Tom constructed the bridge. It looked like a ton of work and absolutely beautiful.

Copper lamp and remote control holder

Chris and I knew that Tom had turned the wood of all of their lamps (from wood found in their backyard), but I was taken aback when I found out all the lampshades were made by him, too. Not one lamp was exactly the same. I was also impressed by the ingenuity of their remote control holder. I really could take some cues from Gramps’s creativity. Oh, and he made the side table too. And 4 other similar tables that were in the house.

Handmade table and chairs

Oh, and he made this table. AND chairs. I thought they were purchased. NO, no, they’re Dobrusky originals and very comfortable.

Stained Glass China Hutch

Tom really likes stained glass and I like it too, especially in this china hutch made by, yes, Tom Dobrusky. It’s just incredible to see all of the things Tom and Peggy do, all of the work they put into their home. There’s never a dull moment.

I can’t tell you how inspiring this home was! Nearly everything was hand made, even the bikes in the barn were made from scratch and I believe the golf clubs were, too! It was the motivation I need to get going on some home projects I have brewing in this brain of mine, now all I need is a home or apartment.

I had a lot of fun getting to know Chris’s grandparents, we better not wait too long for the next visit.

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    1. Julia says:

      Meliss! So fun that you were able to go to Bigfork. Most of my happy memories as a child happened there. Did you see Flathead? What a talented man he is! My grandma Vicky is here and had so many nice things to say about Chris’s grandparents. I can’t wait to see you!

    2. Julie R says:

      That table and chairs are beautiful! Wow.

    3. Jenn says:

      Have you ever been to the house he built in Bloomington, UT??? You would go crazy with all the ingenuity and design he put into it.

      The Montana house is truly a work of art – I have been able to see it go from a simple home on a beautiful lot to so much more with the renovations and add-ons that he has completed there. I mean, I remember when the barn was a field and the kitchen had one window, not a wall of them. His work always amazes me.

      I can’t wait to see what he comes up with for the next property :D

    4. Kaori says:

      Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your grand-in-laws’ home with us. I was in awe- thinking, “When does this end?” Such innovation and talk about green design… FABULOUS!

    5. […] was inspiring to see all of the things that he’s made, some new and some old, and look at all of the details. He’s made everything from side tables and lamps to bikes (15 […]

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