I really liked that last year’s winter cottage set strayed further from the main street and into the back roads of the winter village. This model, built in the style of an official set, expands upon on the handicraft theme of the cottage's wood shed and small workshop, embracing a "rural industry" motif for which I have everlasting affection! Now since the winter cottage residents seem to cut their own timber, this lumber yard doesn’t sell firewood or Christmas trees like some do, but it does supply the local toymaker with materials for assembling those model planes and boats as well as contractors with construction supplies for building new Winter Village establishments.
I based the specifications and basic characteristics of this model primarily on the cottage, including minifigure count/demographics (I have an 8:3 male to female ratio and a 1:4 child to adult ratio) and layout (the shop stands in for the cottage itself, the covered cantilever rack for the shed, and the radial saw with the generator for the igloo while the forklift stands in for the plow truck and the snow blower for the sled). As a pleasing seasonal element included in all four winter village sets to date, I decided to build the holiday lamppost in a style mimicking the prefab part which I don't own in black. While the earlier two of the four models opted for a less complex, brick-built solution for the bottom of the post instead of the prefab part, the very first went for a contrastingly more inventive upside-down construction for the lanterns which I have attempted to parallel.