- Ken Schels, the owner of KMS, a custom wood and metal shop in Eagle River, makes pieces to honor his family's past as well as nature itself. His family was one of the pioneer families in Eagle River. That's how he came to appreciate all that the forest has to give.
"They moved out to the Nicolet National Forest, and they lived there for eight years without water or electricity, squatting on government land," Schels said. "You know, my mom used to go to Anvil Lake and chop a hole in the ice to get the water for themselves, as well as for the animals."
Schels says that his job is like putting together puzzle pieces, but that nature does most of the work.
That work holds a lot of meaning for Schels and his customers.
"When you're building from the heart and you're trying to build it with pieces that have meaning to you--especially like on this bike--it's very special," Schels said. "It's kind of like smelling Mom's apple pie; it puts you in a good place."
All the materials are gathered locally. It takes years for the wood to be ready to work with.
Schels says it's a satisfying feeling to start with a log and finish with a one-of-a-kind home installation.
To learn more about Schels and his shop, visit his website at the link below.
KMS Shop website