MUSIC heals MUSIC soothes MUSIC feeds the soul.......

F or those visiting for the first time, welcome to Stonemice.
Sharing a passion for design and building by hand.

Growing up around a community that shared creative independent thought, nearly everyone I met was either building, planning, or designing, houses with one thing in common. Handmade.
I love seeing the revival of hand building.
Enjoyed by our ancestors, these techniques have been perfected for centuries around globe.

2022 updates coming soon !

Currently, resting from building with our latest project in Bellaire finished.
A favorite project: 1920's mining house which featured restored Italian stuccos, and American Clay in Calumet, Michigan.

One creation that remains as mysterious and functionable as ever,
is the native american indian tepee which I lived built and lived for over ten years.

Mining House 2010 & and Birthplace of Bohemia Printing

Lily's Organic Market and Cafe, 1921 General Store: 2008
Stone Farm House Stonehouse Project 2000-2005
Bohemia Printing Northern Michigan's 100% Ecological, Ever- Expanding, Screen Printing Company

aj singing
and the Home of...
A j ~ F I S C H E R ' S
M U S I C ~ S I T E

Performance Guitarist & Composer
Northern Michigan

A Music Story

Reverb Nation
Sunset Tipis
"Took myself a little trip out
there on the road. Minnesota
once Lakota - riding the plateaus.
And I dreamed of Indians out there fighting for their lives, thought about the pioneers. 
Gets awful cold out there at night...."

'Austin Chronicles
9th Book of Songs

What's on the Spinner:
I could never make this list complete,
but here's some real special folks & tunes:
Loudon Wainwright III "Daughter"
Performers Most likely In My Ears:
Annie Ross, Etta James, Massimo Gatti
Brian and Roger Eno, Astor Piazzolla
Micheal Franti, Tosca, Stars of the Lid,
Iron & Wine, Mico Nonet, The Handsome Family,
Planxty, The Pogues, Amon Tobin,
Dj Cheb, Django Reinhardt, Romane,
The Meditations, Wailing Souls, Bob Marley
Diana Krall, Ella, Chick Corea, Steve Tibbets
Richard Shindell, Jason McGuire, Kronos
The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
Joe Pass, Beppe Gambetta/Carlo Aonzo
Eric Satie, Any Putumayo Record, some: Greg Brown
John Mclaughlin, Ravi Shankar, Bill Frissell
Daniel Lanoir, The Rice Brothers, Stan Rogers
Frank Zappa ( the god of all ), Jim Cole,
Ernestine Anderson, James Hunter, Ray LaMontagne
Rani Arbo & Daisy Mae (You Tube) "Farewell Angelina"
Slaid Cleaves, Devendra Banhart, Turtle Island Quartet
Yorgui Loeffler ( incredible gypsi jazz guitarist )
Gina Forsyth
Gare du Nord (you tube) "Dish of the Day"
Steve Baughman
And our all time favorite:
Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan


Joe's pub
The Orange Peel
The Continental Club - Austin
Little Longhorn Saloon
The Paramount Theater Austin TX
The Music Farm
The Mandolin Cafe
Hole in the Wall Austin
Poor David's Pub
Dualtone Music Group
NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts
Got Folk

After 13 summers of building and living in Tipis,
I got a hair-brained idea to construct a small cabin on my tipi site made from cordwood masonry.
There was lots of snickering.
With no access to water or electricity, it was bound to be a challenge.
Hand mixing cement, filling and carting fifty galllon barrels of water, laying courses of wood in an old growth forest, battling roots and buzzing clouds of mosquitos - I would do it again in a heartbeat..

Every mason will tell you that working with lime plasters is hard labor and unforgiving, but a totally rewarding experience. After 2 summers and a little help from my friends, I had a very snug, beautiful little (900 sq ft) house to live in..with a cost of about three thousand dollars and just wee bit of sweat equity.
I didn't hear anymore snickering.
Girls can do anything...

Stone & Tavertine Cement Greenhouse, 2003

May 5, 6 - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower.
The Eta Aquarids are a light shower, usually producing about 10 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower's peak usually occurs on May 5 & 6, however viewing should be good on any morning from May 4 - 7. A thin, crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for what could be an good show. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Aquarius. Best viewing is usually to the east after midnight, far from city lights.

JAVA  etc.....
Cafe Mam
Equal Exchange
Café Campesino
Peace Coffee
Leave no Trace

Invest in Good Reading
 Aj's Kayak: P & H

calumet 2010
Aj & Jeff in Snowbound Calumet
World Watch
Co-op America Quarterly
Independent Media Center -
Sun Magazine

Alger County Upper Peninsula, Michigan


State Parks -Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region
Lake Superior Kayaking Adventures
Lake Superior Weather Report
McCormick Wilderness Area
Black Feather Kayaking

Project Library

Dania Beach Garden
Melrose Lake House
Upper Michigan Stone Farm House
Lily's of Traunik: 1922 General Store Restoration
Italian Restoration in Calumet : For Sale !
Winter Travels & Other Landings
Portland, OR
Ann Arbor, MI
Dallas & Austin TX
Leadville, CO
Gulfport, MS
Abbeville, LA
Seattle, WA
Southhampton NY
Traverse City, MI
Jekyll Island and
St. Simon's Island, GA
Pasadena, San Francisco,
Los Altos, CA
Key Largo, Melrose, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Calumet, MI

hitching the wrangell
Where I lived in Alaska

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