Fairy Tale Houses Made From Reclaimed Wood

Dan Pauly is a man who is passionate about wood – after all, it's in his DNA. Like the four generations before him, Pauly is a wood-working artisan. Not many people who know the craft are left in the United States, or the world for that matter, but it all started with his great-grandfather, Henry.

Henry emigrated to Minnesota from Switzerland in the late 1800s. After settling in the central region of the state, Henry began to build barns. Eventually, he would teach the craft to his son, Carl, who would pass it to his son, Bob. By the time Bob passed it on to Dan, the family business had erected countless barns, sheds and other out-buildings in the area.

Today, Dan honors family tradition by recovering and re-purposing some of the very same wood that his ancestors once worked with. However, what his company builds with it is a unique creation all their own.

Can you imagine stumbling upon something like this in the woods? It looks like something from a fairy tale, but these tiny, storybook cottages are Dan's specialty. 

Each once is handcrafted from old, reclaimed wood. 

Dan’s company, Rustic Way, scours Minnesota to find and save the wood of old barns, houses and other structures. 


He's very aware that he may be taking apart a structure built by one of his ancestors. He said: “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. I think that respect for the craftsmen and craftswomen of the past, and for the wood they used, make a difference in each new piece I create. 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.” 

After dismantling, the wood must be carefully preserved. It's not a fast process, but one that truly honors the past. 

Although the tiny homes all have a similar design, they are used for all sorts of purposes, such as playhouses, crafting studios and saunas. 

Plumbing can be added upon request, so it's also completely feasible to use one for weekend getaways, or even a full-time home! 

They certainly seem inviting … but what about the inside? 

In keeping with the exterior, wood is honored first and foremost in the home. The details in the grain at the entrance of this sauna are just incredible. 


And so is this bedroom! There's not a ton of space, but the variety of wood and simple décor create a space where I could spend a ton of time. 

Imagine curling up here with a good book. 

Or lying here, in a room made of wood that could be well over 100 years old. If only walls could talk! 

The pure and simple beauty is a reminder of a quieter time, very different from the world we live in today. 

To see more, check out Rustic Way's Facebook. Maybe you don't have the money or space to have a tiny, storybook home delivered to your doorstep, but it never hurts to dream! 

Via: Little Things | The Rustic Way

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