Thoughts & Musings

You Say “To-may-to,” I say “To-mah-to”

April 5, 2017

IPE – the wood no one can pronounce

We love our White Cedar, but, in our never ending pursuit of the best, when it comes to open-to-the-elements outdoor deck surfaces, exposed to Mother Nature’s fury, even we have to concede to the tougher-than-nails Brazilian miracle wood – IPE. For you “to-mah-to” people that’s pronounced “ee-pay”.

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All Roads Lead Home

March 29, 2017

A series of serendipitous decisions led Michael and Kathy Kincaid to their 4,414-square-foot log home on a wooded, 10-acre lot in Wisconsin.

Kathy discovered the property while taking a chance drive down a road that had opened only a few months before. As she meandered down the pavement, she spotted a sign that said “Wooded Lots Available.” Curious, she got out of the car, trekked onto the property and stepped onto the land where they would one day build their dream home.

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April Showers

March 27, 2017

A Tale of Two Woodies

March 22, 2017

1947 was a very good year

Our first Woodie — a 1947 Chrysler Town and Country convertible. She occupies a special position in automotive history as the only wood-bodied convertible built in series on a luxury chassis. Originally conceived in 1939 by Dave Wallace and introduced in 1941, the Town & Country was initially available in only as a barrel-back station wagon with beautiful wooden bodywork.

In 1946, the Town and Country Sedan and its glamorous companion convertible debuted and were an instant success. Priced from $2,725 these elegant convertibles were the most expensive models available in the entire Chrysler model range and only 8,368 were produced from 1946 to 1948.

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Into the Woods

March 15, 2017

Ewart residence - Black Bear, Saugatuck, Michigan; Town + Country Cedar HomesWhat could have been a tear-jerker turned into a fairytale ending for Tom Herr and Claire Ewart, a children’s book author and illustrator. They always intended to preserve the charm of the storybook cottage they discovered on a densely wooded lot on Michigan’s southwest lakeshore. But when the couple’s designer, Town + Country Cedar Homes, found decay, it proved beyond repair or restoration.

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