There may still be a few people around that remember Amundson Boat Works on White Bear Lake, Minnesota. There, Gus and later Adolf Amundson designed and built handcrafted wooden sailboats and rowboats. In 1925 you could have bought one for five hundred dollars! Now, the few remaining boats are priceless treasures.
That tradition and culture of craftsmanship, passed down from boat builders, is still practiced by TreHus (TreHus is a Norwegian word that means “house of wood”). Founded in 1982 by David Amundson, a descendant of Gus and Adolf, the company employs a unique system called the Master Carpenter System to ensure that their carpenters provide focused, dedicated craftsmanship to each and every project. Whereas the organizational details are handled by a Project Manager, carpenters are free to concentrate on their craft. This freedom allows TreHus carpenters to create esteemed works of beauty and lasting quality.
Today, TreHus has developed into a full-service design and build remodeling company. Together, they have over 115 years of combined experience from historical restoration, residential remodels or additions, to custom home building and interior design.
Of course, TreHus’ expertise doesn’t end with the design and construction of your remodeling project. Their longstanding reputation for unparalleled customer service means that they will be around well after your project is completed to address any needs that may arise.
The Story of Adolph Amundson’s Last Boat
This article from the White Bear Press tells the story of Adolph Amundson’s last boat from the time he built it for a 14-year-old neighbor for the sum of $40, to when that neighbor donated it to the White Bear Lake Historical Society more than 40 years later. “It’s the work of a master craftsman,” said the boat’s owner, “I mean, he didn’t even use glue.”
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