Studio tour features Pine Mill Farm's 30th year

OTTERTAIL—When Roger and Shari Krause bought a farmhouse on 40 acres in the late '60s, it still didn't have electricity.

This custom birdhouse made from reclaimed wood will be given away as a door prize as part of the Art of the Lakes studio tour at Pine Mill Farm on Saturday afternoon. (Carter Jones/ FOCUS)

This custom birdhouse made from reclaimed wood will be given away as a door prize as part of the Art of the Lakes studio tour at Pine Mill Farm on Saturday afternoon. (Carter Jones/ FOCUS)

Roger and Shari Krause started Pine Mill Farm producing this rocking horse for wholesale catalogs in 1989. (Carter Jones/ FOCUS)

Roger and Shari Krause started Pine Mill Farm producing this rocking horse for wholesale catalogs in 1989. (Carter Jones/ FOCUS)

Roger's minimum wage job only stretched far enough for food and other vital expenses, so the young couple frequented antique furniture auctions to stock their home.

Each "piece of junk antique" they bought for pennies was restored with new parts by Roger and a coat of varnish by Shari.

Decades after that humble beginning, Roger and Shari's retail business, Pine Mill Farm in Ottertail, is celebrating 30 years.

Pine Mill is one of the studios that will be open this weekend as part of the Art of the Lakes 2019 Studio Tour.

In 1989 Roger built a wooden rocking horse for his niece as a Christmas present. It was such a hit that people started reaching out wanting their own. Roger perfected the design, and before they knew it they manufactured more than 7,000 horses over a three-year period.

By the mid '90s Pine Mill transitioned to retail and the farm's original milking barn was turned into a showroom.

Now that showroom is packed with furniture, much of it coming from reclaimed wood.

Roger gets many of his ideas from travelling. Notably the spindles on his kitchen chairs are borrowed from ones he saw in Buffalo Bill Cody's Lodge in Wyoming. 

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