Saturday, September 28, 2013

the simple island cabin

a couple weeks after the footings were ready, the walls and subfloor have been framed up and sheeted...
We have been having some beautiful September weather:
Framed up island cabin, ely mn,

ely minnesota clear ble sky
Here is the architects rendering of the cabin... it should look something like this when it's done:
ely minnesota, lake cabin, huismanconcepts, john huisman

Saturday, September 21, 2013


One that's been hanging on the wall for a few years...

"Grouse"... 4"x9" pen & ink on paper.
Pen & ink drawing of grouse by John Huisman, Ely Minnesota

Monday, September 16, 2013

back to the island project

Back to the small cabin project on the Island, footing piers are in at the building site:

Footing for lakeshore cabin, Ely,

Now floor framing can begin and then walls...


This is a great editorial in the Ely Timberjay this past week:
 I don't always agree with Marshal, but is this case he says it all perfectly. It sums itself up nicely with the last paragraph:

 "If folks in Ely are itching for a fight, copper-nickel mining can undoubtedly provide the ammunition. But if they’re looking for actual ideas to create jobs for residents living here today, there’s some real work to be done. Mining may eventually become a reality in the future, but it certainly isn’t the answer to what ails Ely in the present. And fighting about it won’t change that. It only diverts our energies from the real work that needs doing". 
-Ely Timberjay editorial Sept 13th, 2013

Saturday, September 7, 2013

An interesting timber frame project

The project we started a few weeks ago has progressed a bit.
This is an interesting project, a little different than a lot of projects in that the homeowner has had an active role in a big part of the project, the timber framing.
Last summer they took a class at the Northhouse Folk School in Grand Marais and, with a bunch of their friends, cut and shaped all the pieces for a timber frame home for their lake lot near Ely. The instructor overseeing the project at the School is Peter Henrikson. once we had the foundation in and the subfloor built, the homeowners, once again with some dedicated friends and under the supervision of Peter, came and assembled the frame on the site.

Here are some pictures:

ely timber frame, minnesota, john Huisman, timer frame lake home

timber frame lake home john huisman

ely mnnesota timber frame

timber frame, ely minnesota,


We filled the hummingbird feeder last weekend for, what appears to be the last time this year. We had a few of them come around early in the week, but I think they are all gone now. One of the early signs that summer is coming to an end...