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I began building furniture in about 1980 and was doing conventional style furniture.  In the 1990's, I started building furniture using barnwood.  In 2002, Greater Yellowstone Furniture and Designs was created as I decided to design and build furniture on a full time basis and offer our products on the internet.

Greater Yellowstone Furniture and Designs was chosen as a name because we resource the barnwood from this area.  We use recycled barnwood and harvest dead trees for our furniture.  The beauty of this area is world class and it is a wonderful place to live and work. 

We, my wife Nancy and I, are very fortunate to be able to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world in our opinions.  I enjoy my woodworking, so designing and building furniture and picture frames is a pleasure, especially in such a beautiful setting as Pony, Montana.

We also lovingly take down old buildings and barns and use that old wood to make the picture frames and table tops. The old log cabins that we take down and then restack onto other pieces of property is one of our favorites.  Lots of people burn these old log cabins and barns, and it just breaks our hearts to see that.   But, the log cabins and old barns that we can save, we do.  Here is a picture of a log cabin that we bought from the owners so that they would not burn it.  We did not know where we would restack it, but we knew the cabin would be born again.  And, now it has a new home on 80 acres, along a creek, and in its new life is going to be a fishing cabin. No, it is not finished yet, but for many years to come, it will have a new purpose.  That in itself is so rewarding!!  A wonderful sight!!

Restacked Cabin

Recycled Fishing Cabin


Here is a little history on the town of Pony, Montana and its surrounding area:

Hidden in the Tobacco Root Range of the Montana Rockies is the historic gold mining town of Pony, Montana.

Downtown Pony, MT
(Main Street, Pony, Montana, 2006)

It languishes in the beauty of the Deer Lodge National Forest at the base of Hollowtop Mountain.  Less than one hundred families live in Pony today.  It's hard to imagine that during the gold prospecting days, over 5,000 people lived here.

In 1860-1870, settlers coming west for the gold rush found this beautiful spot.  One was a man named Tecumseh Smith, nicknamed 'Pony' because of his small stature.

Gold mining in Pony between 1870-1880 was profitable.  Five million dollars in ore was taken out.  
Pony Stamp Mill
(Foundation of 20-stamp mill)

An eastern syndicate believing a large deposit of ore was high grade, built a 20-stamp processing mill.  The ore body turned out to be low grade and consequently the massive mill never turned a wheel.  Parts of the foundation can be seen today as you drive through town.  The historic 'brick office' is still standing and part of the town's character.

Downtown Pony, the old Isdell Mercantile Co. building still stands.  At one time, fourteen clerks were employed there.  It was built of stone in 1880 and in its early days housed a school, post office and accommodated town meetings.

The Pony Hotel still stands, although stripped of its brick veneer. In its day it had unique furnishings and was last used in 1958.

Morris Bank
(Morris Bank)

The Morris Bank boasts beautiful brick construction and is located at the corner of Pony Street and Broadway.  It was an active place in the early days of Pony, Montana and the building at one time housed not only the bank, but the U.S. Post Office, a barber shop as well as doctors and lawyers.  The bank fixtures were typical old west iron teller's cages and arched windows.

Pony Public School sits on the hill overlooking the valley and was once considered one of the finest.  It was built in 1902 for $10,000 and the gymnasium was built in 1920.  In 1943, the high school was closed. The grade school closed some years later.  The buildings are still used today for reunions, weddings and social functions.

Another brick building, on Broadway, is the Masonic Hall.  Many tourists stop to snap pictures on the unique cast iron front.  The lower part was a community dance hall.

Another attraction off of Broadway, is the city jail, a solid stone structure with the iron bars still on the windows.

Pony Church
(Presbyterian Church)

Three churches were built, a Presbyterian (in 1894) which is in use today, an Episcopal (in 1903), built of a cut stone with imported stained glass windows costing $7,000 (also in use today) and a Catholic church, which was moved away.  

Long gone are numerous businesses, a creamery, two Chinese laundries, a Chinese restaurant, real estate offices, hat and tailor shops, a blacksmith shop, rooming houses, a movie house and an electric power plant.  At one time, there were twelve saloons, a slaughter house on the outskirts of town, a music band and a baseball team.  Pony's main claim to fame is that it had electricity before New York City.

In 1920, a tragic fire swept through the main part of town.  It destroyed the livery stable and many other buildings. The Morris State Bank and the Masonic Building survived.

At one time, three brick yards operated in Pony, resulting in many beautiful brick homes. Many of these Victorian homes are enjoyed and lived in today.

Pony is listed as a ghost town and tourists come from all parts of the country to walk the streets, take pictures, explore the old trails and mines or just enjoy the clean air, brilliant blue sky and majestic mountains. In the spring, the hills are full of color from wild flowers.

Trail Horse      Mountain Cabin

Valley Horses            Mountain Rider

The Tobacco Root Mountains and surrounding areas are familiar grounds for the elk, moose, deer,
antelope, bear and mountain lion.   And the bird hunting is great too: duck, geese, quail, turkey,
pheasant, and more.
 The fishing in the high mountain lakes is super, with the golden trout, rainbow
trout and cutthroat trout.
 Contact Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for education, hunting and fishing

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