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Subject George & Paulette & Wayne Higgins at Camp Cordwood
Message by Richard Flatau on July 22 2009 at 9:20 am   -  forum moderator
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Howdy,
When working at Greg & Clare's on Lime Putty Mortar (LPM) we had the good fortune to stay in our camper at the home of Wayne & Marlys Higgins. Not only were they wonderful hosts, but their property is right on Lake Superior. What a grand lake view we woke up to every morning.
Wayne took us around to see some of the outstanding cordwood building that has sprung up from his stellar influence in the Keweenaw Peninsula of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Wayne is not only a fine tour guide (his knowledge of the area is phenomenal), but he takes genuine pleasure in all the conversation, meeting & greeting that ensues.
   One fascinating place he took us to, was Camp Cordwood built by George & Paulette Beveridge. For me it was like going to Cordwood DisneyWorld. The central pine tree in this home is 30 feet tall and has carved into it a bear, wolves, eagles and more. The cordwood goes up 24' and there are more interesting features than you can shake a log end at!
Here are a few photos of our tour.
Here is a bottle end replica of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!

Paulette & Wayne with a 7' carved bear (Wayne is on the right, just wanted you to know, so you don't confuse him with the guy in the middle

Paulette & George by their bottle end initials. These are two very fine human beings. They we so gracious to open up their home to us. Their energy is contagious.

Look at the burls and faces on the posts.


Camp Cordwood

More chain saw carvings. The rectangle blocks of wood that you see on the cordwood wall are the end of the steps that run on the inside. The INSIDE of the steps are down about 10 entries. If you are going to put steps in your cordwood walls this is the way to do it.

Happy Trails,
Richard Flatau
Cordwood Construction Resources
flato@aol.com
www.daycreek.com/flatau

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Message by Richard Flatau on July 22 2009 at 3:41 pm   -  forum moderator
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   Wayne called George Beverage and he said it would be okay to include their email address in case anyone had any questions about all the incredible things and designs in the building.

pabeveridge@charter.net
  



Happy Trails,

Richard Flatau

richardflatau@gmail.com

Cordwood Construction Online Bookstore

Message by Richard Flatau on July 27 2009 at 12:55 pm   -  forum moderator
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Hey Der,
  While we were in the UP we also had the pleasure of visiting Tom & Marcy Melvig. Wayne was again instrumental in arranging the visit. Thank you Wayne.
  Here are a few photos of their lovely two storey cordwood castle. There is some amazing bottle end and log end work.
   






Hope you've enjoyed your tour of the UP. Great people, wonderful hospitality and fantastic scenery.

    Richard Flatau
Cordwood Construction Resources, LLC
W4837 Schulz Spur Dr
Merrill, WI 54452

flato@aol.com
www.daycreek.com/flatau
715-212-2870

Message by Richard Flatau on March 12 2010 at 8:48 am   -  forum moderator
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Hey Folks,
George & Paulette sent me some photos of their new ceiling at Camp Cordwood. I love the way this cordwood lodge has so many fun and unique wood artifacts. The playing cards on the ceiling are a fine example of Yooper whimsy. I love these people, their fine wood craftsmanship and their most wonderful spirit. They are the most joyous folks I have ever met. A big thanks (again) to Wayne Higgins for introducing us and taking us for a visit!







Here is how the playing cards were done:

"The cards are made out of quarter inch birch plywood. We cut numbers out of walnut for black and red cedar for red. The cards are 3 foot wide and 4 foot long. Numbers are glued and nailed from behind. George and Paulette"

Happy Trails,

Richard Flatau
flato@aol.com
Cordwood Construction Resources

Happy Trails,

Richard Flatau

richardflatau@gmail.com

Cordwood Construction Online Bookstore

Message by Todd on March 12 2010 at 11:04 am  
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I love the center post and the carvings in them. It looks like there are some on the hand rail also. Do you know who did them? If George did them he is very talented. I would think that it would deminish the capacity of the center post as far as load goes. Nontheless it looks great. I might have to contact Wayne for a visit this summer.

Todd

Message by opsrto on March 16 2010 at 7:35 am  
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Anyway to get some pics of that stair case? I was thinking about doing something very simular. Were they treated in any different way?

Calvin
Stockton Mo
(now in Afganistain)

Message by Afterglow on March 16 2010 at 9:18 am  
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Todd,

George hired a chainsaw artist to carve the center post as well as some outdoor furniture. I don't know his name but I believe he came from Wisconsin.

That center post is massive; it must be three feet wide at the bottom, so I think there's still plenty of support even with the carvings. The animals are life size.

If you get a chance, you've got to see their place. It's absolutely jaw-dropping. And they're about the nicest people you could meet.

Greg

Pie. Whoever invented the pie? Here was a great person. -The Log Lady

Message by Richard Flatau on March 16 2010 at 9:17 pm   -  forum moderator
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Hey Der,

Here is an email from George.

     "Hello richard. George again. the name of the wood carver is Justin Howland. he has a web site it is
www grizzworks.com    

11547 Old US Highway 2
Maple, WI 54854-9020
(715) 363-2578

    Todd asked about the load on center pole:
The top of the building goes out over round about 1 and half feet.so there is very little weight on center pole. George"

Happy Trails,

Richard Flatau

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Cordwood Construction Online Bookstore

Message by Richard Flatau on March 17 2010 at 9:24 am   -  forum moderator
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Howdy,

Here are a few more photos of Camp Cordwood (from George.)   The first one shows how the stairway was put together on the inside. This corresponds to the 6" x 10" rectangular blocks of wood seen on the outside in picture "six" of this thread (near the sign for "Wipe Yer Paws.")
Notice how it is braced firmly and stoutly on the inside.



The other is the full size wolf that Justin carved. Nicely done.



Happy Trails,

Richard Flatau

Cordwood Construction Resources

Happy Trails,

Richard Flatau

richardflatau@gmail.com

Cordwood Construction Online Bookstore

Message by Todd on March 17 2010 at 10:41 am  
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Richard

I see your time in DA U.P has rubbed off on you a little ah. Thanks fer da photos. My neighbor in Keweenaw Bay is amazing with a chain saw he started a sculpure for the local indian tribe that has all the clans on one tree, each branch was a different anamal representing a clan. The deal fell through and now he has this half finished sculpure in his yard. He did a 9' bear for my other neighbor, amazing detail and talent.

Do you have a contact number for George?

 

Greg, I will be in the U.P in July/Aug maybe I'll stop by and set some log ends with you. I think I still have your number??



Todd

Message by Richard Flatau on March 18 2010 at 9:52 am   -  forum moderator
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Hey der Todd,
I can talk pretty good Yooper now, heh. The song "Da Tirdy Point Buck" by Da Yoopers, has helped improve my diction (they play it for a month before hunting season around here--it is a rural radio legend.)

    As to contacting George. I always go through Wayne Higgins. I consider Wayne to be the Gatekeeper of my Keewenaw experiences, so I always ask him to kindly arrange meetings and such.   He and his lovely wife Marlys are wonderful and helpful.   

   Wayne's contact information is on the Meet the Masons section of Daycreek (go to the top menu at the home page and click on the cordwood tab on top--then go to Meet the Masons and then to Wayne Higgins--Calumet, Michigan.)

Happy Trails,

Richard Flatau

richardflatau@gmail.com

Cordwood Construction Online Bookstore

Message by Todd on March 18 2010 at 10:15 am  
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Richard,

You should get their CD. Next time your in the UP you can go to Da yoopers store. It's in Ispheming just west of Marquette on Hwy 41.

I'll give Wayne a call. Have been to visit him a couple of times, always has fresh coffee on. Like you said, Good people, yoou betchya hey.

 



Todd

Message by Todd on March 18 2010 at 10:21 am  
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Richard,

A special treat for you. You can get all your yooper things here.

www.dayoopers.com

 



Todd

Message by Richard Flatau on January 21 2011 at 11:15 am   -  forum moderator
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Howdy,

Here are a few more pictures that George & Paulette sent of the ongoing construction at Camp Cordwood.   Thank you George & Paulette for sharing!

Here are some of George's explanations of the pictures.
"Hello again. Grizz Works picture is a yellow brich burl. Black Buffalo head is a 300 pound red oak burl. The floor is sand with epoxy coating (3 coats.)   Clear epoxy on counter top. lots of snow and cold today. George and Paulette"   

These are fine, generous, happy country folk. "They don't make em like that anymore."

Finished ceiling and carved center post. Wow!



Beautiful counter top.



Sealing the floors.






A single tree burl.


A Buffalo head burl, painted black.



A beautiful kitchen. Note the cordwood walls in the background.



A nice set of pictures to warm your hearts on this cold January day (-19 below here in Wisconsin.)

Happy Trails,
Richard Flatau


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Message by cdudas on February 03 2011 at 3:22 pm  
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Just awsome!

Chrissy

Message by Richard Flatau on February 02 2012 at 10:12 am   -  forum moderator
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Howdy,

George & Paulette sent me a few more pictures of Camp Cordwood. Thought you might like to see how Yoopers "Rock" their cordwood.





     That is George & Paulette on either side of the bear and contrary to popular belief, that is not Wayne in the middle :0)

Happy Trails,

Richard Flatau

richardflatau@gmail.com

Cordwood Construction Online Bookstore

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