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Our micro-hydro powered workshop is located at Earthaven Eco Village. Durning the 1990s, founder Paul Caron designed and built many of the buildings at Earthaven. In the early 2000s, construction of the Village Arts Building began. Current renovations will culminate in the creation of the Village Arts Coop--including ceramics, woodworking and other artisanal trades. An apprenticeship program is available under master craftsman, Paul Caron. 

Paul Caron and Rob Mies have over 75 combined years of building furniture, restoring and refurbishing antiques, and repairing damaged furniture. 

Rob Mies

Rob is a woodworker and restoration artisan. Recently, he provided his construction services as part of low-income urban renewal projects in the Detroit area. Rob has built custom furniture for over 20 years, specializing in reclaimed materials and local woods. Working with wood has been a life-long gift that Rob is eager to share as a new resident of Earthaven. 


Before making wood-working a full-time career, Rob spent 25 years as a  biodiversity ecologist, author, educator and speaker. His  conservation work has been featured in numerous documentaries (ranging from Paramount Pictures to National Geographic and the Discovery Channel).

Paul Caron

Paul started out learning wood working basics in 8th grade shop class. Later as a teenager, he began custom woodworking and re-facing. Paul started a wood shop with a few friends, and later worked his way up to be foreman of a crew of 12 woodworkers. He has specialized in all fields of woodworking, including design and installation of boat and aircraft executive interior.


In 1982, Paul apprenticed with a German master-craftsman and antique restorer. Since then  he has been self-employed, specializing in building custom spiral staircases, custom cabinets and furniture, and antique restoration. Paul has made custom windows, doors, staircases, and built homes and community buildings. Paul is also a poet, philosopher and painter.