A designer by the name of Dan Pauly is a builder of things like playhouses, garden sheds, guest cottages, and saunas but rather than building strictly utilitarian structures his works all appear to be better suited for the midst of an enchanted forest than housing the lawnmower.
These asymmetrical and small builds have features like long slanted roofs, front windows with the charm of built in flower boxes, and chimneys that stretched crookedly to the sky. Each design from Pauly and the company he owns called The Rustic Way is a masterpiece built out of reclaimed wood, with each weathered piece restored to reflect its natural condition.
As a woodworker Pauly has the credentials, his family history dates back four generations of carpenters. This all began when his ancestors emigrated to the United States way back in the 1800s and set to work building several barns that dotted the Minnesota landscape. Some of those very barns are still standing today in a testament to their craftsmanship. This history is at the core of Pauly’s philosophy, driving what fascinates him about reclaiming wood. He states that as he works to uncover an aged shed or barn he has the realization that it could be from the same timbers that were once handled by his great-grandfather to build over 100 years ago.
Pauly thinks that the respect he has for those craftsmen and women of our collective past and therefore also the wood they worked with heavily influences every new piece of artistic building he creates. To see more pictures of the cabins Pauly creates you can visit his business page for The Rustic Way on Facebook.