Thoughts & Musings

The Forest Through the Trees

September 14, 2022

Northern White Cedar

cedar with ice on the branches

Northern White Cedar, or Thuja occidentalis, is a small to medium sized tree that can be found along streams, in bogs and cedar swamps. It is easily recognized by its small, flat, scale-like leaves that are tightly bound to the twigs. Small cones are often present. When crushed, the needles will produce an aromatic cedar smell. When lumbermen first entered the vast forests where the Northern White Cedar grew, they instead harvested the abundant white pine. Except for furnishing decay-resistant wood to shingle bunkhouses, the Northern White Cedar was ignored.

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Make a Splash

May 27, 2022

Yes, many of the homes we do for clients are situated on lakes, but, for those “less fortunate”, there is always the option to add a pool. Some of our favorites…

Spring in a Bowl

April 14, 2022

When we aren’t designing, sculpting, crafting, producing, building, or something to do with White Cedar, we cook…

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Dressed in White

January 26, 2022

Why. We. Love. Winter.


“You can’t get too much winter in the winter”…..Robert Frost Read more

Light Up the Night!

December 6, 2021

Log home outdoor lighteningYou have had this dream log home ratting around in your conscience for some time, daydreaming about it in meetings, sketching it on the back of napkins, pointing out similar photos that come across your social media feed to anyone in eye-shot. Every detail. Interior trusses. Exterior rooflines. Great Room windows. Stone masonry. Flooring, plumbing fixtures, appliances, cabinetry, toilets….. But, chances are, this design of yours is missing something and it’s because you have been dreaming it “in the light of day”. There are 24 hours in a day and, when you average them out for that trip around the sun, about half are in the dark. These hours are the ideal way to add that extra drama, beauty, allure and, to quote Emeril Lagassé, that “BAM” to elevate it to the extraordinary. So when the sun starts going down, light it up! Read more

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