Elk River, MN-based Dan Pauly of The Rustic Way builds wonderfully charming asymmetrical cabins featuring slanted roofs and walls, tiny windows, and crooked chimneys. They’d be equally at home in a fable, fairy tale, or Dr. Seuss story. Put one in an open field, and we’re guessing an enchanted forest will eventually grow up around it.
Pauly designs and builds cabins that function as guest cottages, playhouses, outhouses, garden sheds, and even saunas. A 4th generation woodworking artisan, Pauly’s family emigrated to the US in the 1800s and his great-grandfather built barns in central Minnesota. Some of those barns are still standing and are a big part of the reason Pauly specifically uses reclaimed wood for his own cabins:
“As I uncover an old barn or shed, I realize that it could be the same lumber that my great-grandfather used more than 100 years ago… Until you have dismantled an old barn, you can’t imagine the painstaking effort it took from Old-World craftsmen to erect it. They were each a work of art… This wood reflects our natural heritage, and has a much richer and more attractive patina and grain than modern wood.”
“Duffle is a comfortable and spacious sofa system. It can be
designed in many different ways, from an armchair to much larger comopsitions.
The various modules are placed on an oak or walnut platform. This modular
system means that the layout can be adapted to arty type of housing and to
hotels. The wood and leather decorations are a reminder of the charms of a
duffle coat. The upholstery is meticulous, and the materials used, such as
wool, leather and wood, give the ensemble an air of softness and warmth.”