He is building a garage that he hopes will one day house the car of his dreams, but what he is truly building are memories that will last a lifetime.
“Dad said he was going to build a garage,” said his oldest son. “What he meant is that we were going to build a garage together.”
In classic Duncan fashion, the project has been half finished in their yard now for five months. It was proposed to his wife in late September 2014.
“I said he could build it as long as he didn’t start it until he could finish it,” she said. “That would mean in the spring.”
One warm October day he broke ground.
“I got bored,” he said.
After a winter long neighborhood game of “What the heck are the Duncan’s doing now?!” a regional favorite usually played with a sarcastic tone and irritated shrugs, work has now begun on the half finished structure.
Duncan’s wife said she is surprised by the results.
His moonlight work has sparked serious neighborhood discussions on the enforcement of belts and suspenders during outdoor projects.
His tendency to drop heavy objects from his ladder–like a chainsaw–spurred his wife to conquer her fear of heights and climb the same ladder to whack him in the head with a wood plank.
His drive and talent, and his heart to include his family in all he does, taught his young boys that their hands are capable to build something from ground up–both buildings and relationships.
Duncan is showing the world one two-by-four (and two cheeks) at a time that one man can make a difference.