Our History in Hand Crafted Log Homes and Custom Homes of Michigan
Our story begins in the early 1900’s with a man named David Parrish, he started building log home. He started a tradition in the process of building these homes by placing an arrow north in the king post truss. It was 80 years later that Lyle Kelley took that heritage of building log homes and placing an arrow north and made it a family business. Lyle's great grandfather David Parrish began building Log camps for the timber workers, then small log homes for family members, then larger log homes for the family. As people began to come north for summer vacations he began to build for the tourist.
More log homes were built and more arrows were placed pointing North. Lyle named the business after that arrow that points North and we continue with the tradition of putting an arrow in our homes that points North. (I think Grandpa Parrish would be pleased -Lyle Kelley) Our arrows are all hand made, wood shafts, with real feathers and a real hand chipped stone arrowhead.
Great Grandpa Parrish and his sons built many beautiful log homes on Drummond Island Michigan. Drummond Island lies at the mouth of the Saint Mary's River at the north end of Lake Huron. His beautiful log home were conveniently located on Whitney Bay and served as a stopover place for many travelers. In the early 1900's it was very good to have a sense of direction. Being oriented to directions was very important and as the family finished their log home someone came up with the idea of putting an arrow through the king post truss in the living room and having that arrow point north.
Our Tradition Continues
Lyle started North Arrow Log Homes as a business in 1989 and since that time we have built well over 200 log homes. In 2009 Lyle stepped down as owner of his beloved business. However, long time employee Alex Rivers re-opened North Arrow in 2011 to continue the same techniques. Together Alex and Lyle have built 24 log homes, some of those projects have been very small, 12 by 14ft. sauna and very large homes up to 15,000 sq. ft. for a primary residence.
"Alex Rivers is the most talented log smith I've ever worked with in the past 20 years. Alex has been a real inspiration to me and my family and that is why I have trained him and passed this North Arrow tradition to him." -Lyle Kelley
We would love to put a “North” Arrow in a home for you.
The North Arrow Story
Lyle's great grandfather David Parrish began building log camps for the timber workers, then small log homes for family members, then larger homes for families in the early 1900's. As people began to come north for summer vacations he began to build for the tourist.
More log homes were built and more arrows were placed pointing North. Lyle to keep his family tradition named the business after that arrow that points North and we continue with the tradition of putting an arrow in our log homes that points North. For the rest of "The North Arrow Story" please visit the link below.
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