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COURTESY OF JON DICKOVER - Rich Hekker (left) and Tommy Paul work on a huge barn door that they have constructed from scratch that will be a focal point in the Bowmen House along a wall that separates the great room/kitchen from the bedrooms/bathrooms.Precisely at 12:30 p.m. on April 10, dozens of Sherwood High School students swarmed into the Bowmen House, which is under construction near the school.


All of the students, whether from the woodworking shop, an interior design class or an environmental science class, went directly to their jobs and got to work as they only had 45 minutes to continue where they left off on their previous visit.

This is how the second Bowmen House has been built -- in short spurts of time by the students along with longer stints by professional electricians, plumbers, roofers and other construction personnel.

Using this same approach, Bowmen House No. 1 was built next door over a two-year period and sold two years ago; now Bowmen House No. 2, after another two-year construction period that started in the fall of 2013, is set to go on the market at the end of May.

Overseeing the project is shop teacher Jon Dickover, who the students fondly refer to as “D.”

But on April 10, there was still a lot of work to do on the 1,926-square-foot, one-story house that features a great room, three bedrooms and two full bathrooms; the bathrooms have marble countertops and tile floors, the kitchen has granite countertops with Mason jar lights overhead; and the floors are hardwood or carpet.

In addition to beautiful cabinets made by Gaston High School, the most notable focal points of the house are a slate fireplace and a huge “barn” door that slides along the wall opposite the kitchen to close off the bedrooms and bathrooms and also serves as a dramatic artistic element.

In the dining area, seniors Tommy Paul and Rich Hekker were putting the finishing touches on the walnut barn door, which they built in the SHS woodshop and brought to the house to complete.

“We wanted a rustic look,” Paul said. “We tried to match the cabinet doors. It’s pretty cool to see it come together.”

Hekker said they had been working on the door for about two months. Each piece of wood had to be planed, and the slats fitted together using traditional tongue-and-groove method.

“Everything is glued,” Hekker said. “There are no nails in it. This is expensive wood, so we didn’t want to mess it up.”

Credit for building the dramatic fireplace goes to seniors Jamie Kimura and Dayton Vaughn, who started on the project in mid-January.

“We had to build the wall behind it and then screw down the sections of slate,” Kimura said. “We’re just finishing up. We also had to attach the mantel piece, which was donated by a Sherwood family. To ‘age’ the maple slab, we scrubbed it with steel wool and vinegar, and next week we’ll stain it. I’m proud of so many things in this house,” and Vaughn added, “We’ll save money on our own houses someday by knowing how to do so much ourselves.”

Outside, seniors Hannah Rivas and Catlyn Woolard from the environmental science class took a moment to talk in front of a high privacy fence that runs through part of the yard in addition to the outer fence that surrounds the property.

The interior fence, along with a row of bamboo along the exterior fence, will help shield the back yard from the nearby traffic and noise of 99W. In fact, a group of students were literally in the trenches, digging a deep trough that they would encapsulate before planting nearby bamboo plants still in their pots.

“We broke into small groups and started planning the landscaping at the beginning of the school year,” Woolard said.

The girls described where a set of steps, a cobblestone path and fire pit would go along with log seats.

“The overall theme is Zen-inspired,” Rivas said. “There will be two Japanese maples plus ferns, hostas, azaleas and other native plants.”

Environmental science teacher Jessie Kneisler explained that her fourth- and fifth-period classes were working on the house and went on to describe the landscaping at the front of the house, which will include a weeping, flowering cherry tree plus a faux stone river that will carry surface water runoff onto the next-door neighbor’s yard (the first Bowmen House) for irrigation.

The various classes submitted designs for their parts of the house, and Dickover had final approval.

“It’s been pretty intense,” Dickover said. “When you have a high-value project like this, there is lot of pressure, and you can’t screw up.”

One of the reasons the students like working on the house so much is Dickover himself.

“Lot of props to D,” Kimura said. “He’s put in more time than anyone,” and Vaughn added, “He’s a great teacher and a good friend.”

COURTESY OF JON DICKOVER - The Bowmen House, located on a flag lot near Sherwood High School, is nearly complete after almost two years of work by both professional contractors and dozens of SHS students.

Open house set for May 29

Sherwood High School students are nearing completion of the second Bowmen House, and staff and students are inviting the community to an open house for Friday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 22163 S.W. Dewey in Sherwood.

People also are invited to come to a barbecue, which will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. 

Students who participated in helping build Sherwood’s Bowmen House will be on site during this day-long event.  

Todd and Leslie McCabe, co-owners of the McCabe Real Estate Group and Keller Williams, sold the first Bowmen House in 2013. The McCabes offered the Sherwood School District their real estate services free of charge by waiving their real estate commissions.

They will be doing this again when they sell Bowmen House No. 2, which will be coming on the market at the end of May or first part of June.

Based on the one-story floor plan and quality of finish work in the home, the McCabes are confident that the home will sell for top dollar.

The McCabe Real Estate Group is one of many companies that donated products and/or services to help support this wonderful Sherwood High School project.

In addition, Todd McCabe also helped the school district locate and secure two lots near Old Town Sherwood that will be the future home sites for Bowmen Houses No. 3 and No. 4.

Follow this wonderful school program on Facebook at The Bowmen House.

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