Terry Wilson’s man cave started when he and his wife moved out to their log cabin, a small affair above Tenkiller Lake.
It began with his pull-through bay door metal shed and, now, what it lacks in decor it makes up for in functionality.
“It was never intended to be a garage. When we first moved out here, we stored stuff out here,” Wilson said. “Bottom line, it was always going to be a place to enjoy ourselves.”
It started with a pool table and a bar. Over time, he put in insulation and an air-conditioning unit. Over the concrete, he put in a rubber floor “since the pool balls do go flying off the table occasionally.”
One of the more recent features for Terry’s man cave is two racks of 50 remote-controlled mortar launchers. Something to be used regardless of the holiday.
“It’s always kind of a joke—’what! someone’s shooting off fireworks over there across the lake? We’ll show them!’” Wilson said.
When the weather is nice, Wilson, his family and friends will lounge on the hot tub deck with cable television. On the sunniest of days, the bay doors of his man cave open for a fresh-air game of pool.
“I wouldn’t call it a man cave, when the kids are here we call it the kid cave,” Wilson said.
The plywood walls of his man cave are decorated with assorted oddities, various humorous signs and football memorabilia. Tucked away underneath his television is a Wii for the kids. Hidden in that entertainment center are some of Wilson’s treasures, including a Nancy Sinatra album and a signed photo of Jeannie (played by Barbara Eden).
What started as a shed by log cabin in the woods was built into a grotto for Wilson’s family and friends.