Category Archives: Speaker’s Corner

Call of the Wild

Last Winter, we got a call from John Carlisle, who writes for the Detroit Free Press. He was interested in a human interest – off the grid – story for “Around Michigan.”

So on a sub-zero February morning, John and photographer Mandi Wright left Marquette, our nearest city, 30 miles away. Our home isn’t easy to find in the winter. The snowplow stops plowing at our only neighbor’s home, miles away and the snow is 4 feet deep. They didn’t have snowshoes or skis or even a snowmobile, but they did have plenty of gumption and a packed trail to follow.

Call of the wild

We spent a very pleasant afternoon with them, chatting away while Mandi took photos and a video which we failed to notice. Their enthusiasm was obvious and it shows in the story and photos, which we were very impressed with. The feature has generated considerable interest in Ishpeming Birchbark Canoes.

Needless to say, we invited them back to go fishing in the summertime.

– John Jungwirth
Peace, Love, & Happiness

The call of the wild: Couple lives dream in Upper Peninsula – a piece by John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press.

Guide Service

If you would like to be in one of these canoes and are in the local area, we offer a guide service. To fish, photograph, or just experience travel on the lakes and rivers of our local area.


Please call or write to work out the details.

Another service we offer is to make presentations or conduct workshops concerning birchbark canoes, their construction, and the lifestyle they provided previous to the introduction of road building.

– John Jungwirth
Peace, Love, & Happiness

Humans are ingenious

Humans are ingenious. For a hairless primate, lacking significant teeth or claws, we’ve migrated from our ancestral homes in the tropics, where very few technologies are needed to stay warm and fed, to glaciated landscapes where many technologies are needed to stay warm and fed through long frozen seasons.

As a result, it appears that our most significant occupation is Continue reading