Working on a Maple Island Log home
MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - Skilled craftsman at Maple Island Log Homes in Cedar Creek Township use Red Pines grown in Michigan to create one-of-a-kind homes. At a log yard on Maple Island Road, two homes are going up one log at a time. The largest is being built to go on a 7,000 acre ranch in Nebraska. A slightly smaller home is for a family in Ottawa County.
Ed Kriskywicz says once logs for the homes are fitted and assembled, they'll be disassembled, stacked on trailers, and delivered to each construction site. "Maple Island log homes are in 48-states including Alaska", says Kriskywicz who designs log homes for Maple Island.
The company has ten employees including David Dickinson. He say log homes are no longer a necessity, "but what they are is people's dreams." Dickinson has been building homes at Maple Island for 27-years. "The tools have gotten so much better over the years."
It takes between two and three months to cut and assemble each log home. A small crew will travel with the logs most often around Michigan, but also out-of-state, "We have been from Maine to California."
Kriskywicz says business for Maple Island was especially bad in 2011, "It was difficult, there is not two ways about it." However, with two projects under construction and another ready to start there's hope 2013 will be busy.