I have always wondered of what exact origin my last name “Klapheke” stemmed from, and what exactly it means. I decided to research it, and, being that some in my family are dedicated genealogists, it wasn’t long before I found the story behind it…
About this creation
Circa 12th century, somewhere in Müschen, near Laer, Germany. Hubertus de Rode, a knight who lived on a fief that was owned by a local bishop. The knight’s property (a mill and a house) led to some farms of a church-village, all of which was surrounded by a fence.
It is speculated that Hubertus de Rode’s property was close to the edge of this fence, and that he might have been the gatekeeper, opening the “klapheck (a type of opening gate)” to visitors and townsfolk. It is most likely then that Hubertus de Rode then earned the title “Hubertus of Swing-Gate,” or “Hubertus Klapheck.”
Klapheck would later change to Klapheke as the ages passed by.
So there you have it. A dedication to the first Klapheke. MOC-wise I didn’t want this creation to be “run-of-the-mill” MOC (heheheh…), so I tried my best to add as many details as I was able.
Special thanks to Atte and Cesbrick for heavily inspiring me.
Also, big thanks to my workplace Bricks & Minifigs for supplying me extra parts to build this MOC. You guys are awesome. :D
Simply delightful. Well done John, it's great that you've incorporated so many neat-o techniques into this celebration of your heritage. I like the flared roof edges and the overall excellent variety in architecture. The mid-level cornice line is pretty cool as well. Really like the vibrant landscaping, I actually didn't know that Lego even had that many color variation of the typical plant elements. Makes me want some... ;) Great job on that one large tree to the right, it looks very realistic and Fall-ish. Hmm, other than knowing that I'm partly Scottish, partly English, mostly German and a descendant of John Adams (somewhere along the line), I really don't know much about my family genealogy. If I get the time, I might just try and find out :) God bless and keep on brickin' and inspirin'! ~Promar~