Nature's Millworks
Nature's Millworks
Nature's Millworks
Nature's Millworks
Nature's Millworks
Nature's Millworks
Nature's Millworks
Nature's Millworks
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Nature's Millworks
Address

4575 Bruce County Road 1

Paisle
Ontario

N0G 2N0

Nature’s Millworks is housed in the historic 1885 Paisley City Mills building known locally as Stark’s Mill. Paul and Helen Crysler purchased the mill along with associated property in late November of 2000 and by the spring of 2003 the two had breathed much needed new life into a long neglected building. The upper floors had been dormant since 1944 and the rest since 1972. In July of 2002 the Cryslers arrived and work began in earnest although by this time they had done major foundation repairs, installed new state-of-the-art windows on the first two floors, removed 300 tons of unusable materials and had insulated the walls. By November they had created a 1,200 sq. ft. space to live in and managed to get through a winter with -40oC temperatures to open the doors of the mill for the first time in 30 years, but as Nature’s Millworks. While renovating the Cryslers worked to preserve as much of the original building as possible to create what is clearly a modern facility that has the major original elements maintained. The result is quite impressive. The business has evolved somewhat from its first concepts in that it has expanded dramatically, but has held true to its nature conservancy themes of earth, fire, sun, water and wind and has a very eclectic selection of products that will appeal to the creative spirit of all ages. They have brought extensive knowledge of science, history, writing as a means to learning, environmentalism, children’s books and what fires the creative spirit to Bruce County.

 

While the first floor is a retail space, the business and what the owners do is much broader in scope now that the second floor is completed. A comprehensive coverage of the events and products at Nature’s Millworks can be found on their website www.naturesmillworks.com but this does not mention any of their individual and corporate good will. When you turn west on Bruce Rd. # 1 from the main street in Paisley you will go under the rail trestle and will see this huge 10,000 sq. ft. five storey building plus the attached silo building. It has been restored to its original grandeur and is quite imposing.

 

If you have lots of energy and curiosity, this is a business you do not want to pass by, particularly if you get a chance to speak with either of the owners. The photos on the website depict the exterior of the buildings in the spring of 2001 and the spring of 2006. While dramatically different, they portray what has actually happened at this site and what is contained within since the current owners have taken ownership. In the spring of 2006, beside an old turbine from the first sawmill in Paisley, an Ontario Heritage Foundation plaque was erected outside giving the basic history of the mill. The text can also be found on Nature’s Millworks website. The many events featuring local arts talent held at the mill each year have made it a major location to come to attracting over 5,000 visitors each year.

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