This is the Chesser's Cabin on Chesser Island. It has been preserved and this is how it appears today. It has a lot of character and I'll be using a lot from this structure. Notice the cypress wood used in construction. The building is elevated on wood stump sections, instead of rocks which are no where to be found in the swamp. I expect that Gator's shack will not be so well kept and would not be sitting in the middle of the island like this, but closer to the water where his customers would want him to be. Notice the white and sandy soil.
Here is the Chesser compound. Notice the dark greens and bright white colors! This ariel shot is excellent!
Once I've looked at structures similar to what I want, I grab the sketch book. My first quick drawing was of a standard building. This one has absolutely no character or appeal and I kicked it out immediately.
As I often do, I analyze the business first. What do they sell? Who do they sell it too? What products are made on sight? What do they bring in? When you start asking yourself these questions you start to understand what the business does. So instead of working on the structure, I started on what the needs of the business might be. We need docks. We need still. We need bait ponds. All of a sudden the Gator's Bait Shack Compound comes to life!
After sketching out the very rough compound diagram, I start trying to put it into a 3-D image. I'm still on the charcoal pencil and sketch book stage. As you can see the massive cypress trees will overcast much of the shack. Just about the level of creepy I want, but way to much like a business than just a guy trying to get by. Needs more work.
Things I want to include in the shack...
- Alligator hydes drying on the side of the building
- Moonshine still
- Pole boats and oars for rent
- Board walk
- Plank walk way
- Bait pond for raising minnows
- Well with counterbalance pole
- Washtubs for catches
- Cypress wood planking
- Screen windows and doors
- Chairs on the porch
- Night lanterns illuminated
- Piling construction around dock
- Fishing gear and hunting gear
- Old metal signs
- Stick chimney
- Tin roof
- Red light
- Sales counter
- Guns and ammunition
- Fishing gear
- Animal heads on the wall and fish mounted
- Bedroom for Gator
- Wild Mabel's bedroom
- Poker table
- Wood slat chairs
- Vittles cooking
- Moonshine jars