Recycled, repurposed . . . remarkable

Posted on July 5, 2014


When Rod and Mira Bell heard that Eastport’s old township hall was on the market again, it struck them as just the place for their Bird Studio and Gallery. The building began life as the Upper Torch Lake Association firehouse shortly after World War II, which intimidates the Bells not at all. They like applying creativity and elbow grease to Old Stuff to transform it into intriguing New Stuff.

Eastport Fire Department c 1948

Where better to display the Steampunk Singer, the Word Organizer, or the Saw-Whatnot Owl to best advantage? Not to mention the useful vintage trunks and oil lamps and . . . other things we could not identify. This place will get your brain whirling in a good way.

My very favorite piece was the Word Organizer, a bookcase Rod crafted for his daughter and embellished with a bouquet of recycled typewriter keys . . . but that’s just me.  You’ll find your own favorite.  I don’t see how you can go wrong.


The Bird Studio and Gallery

5085 US-31 (just north of M-88)
(231) 497-0354

Bird Studio and Gallery

And now, just because I’m in a wicked little mood . . . three images in the block of nine are ringers from the walls of the Writing Studio and Bait Shop. See if you can figure out which three. The answer will appear in the next post. Eventually.