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Welcome to Bavarian Crafts!

Well, a little information about me may be appropriate, I suppose ..

I've lived in Michigan all my life and in the Petoskey area since 1979.  

Nothing fancy here.  I retired from 'IT' work in the summer of 2018, although I have a part time job to supplement Social Security.  My wife and I live in a Manufactured Home community, just north of Conway, MI.  Normal folks.  

Normal ... but concerned citizen when it comes to our local housing needs.  I'm primarily interested helping the housing situation for those in the lower end of the financial ladder.  I have been advocating for smaller minimum square foot houses, along with higher density.  I'm a fan of clustered housing to promote a community atmosphere.  

I am currently on the boards of Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity, and the Little Traverse Bay Housing Partnership.  You will often find me at the monthly county zoning committee meetings, coffee shops talking to developers and bankers, and online looking for innovations to construction, zoning, 

If you have any questions about me, housing, my interests, sites, submit a messing in the 'Contact Me' area, and I'll get back to you as soon as possible!

Thanks for visiting!

Dennis Hoshield, Housing Advocate

Bavarian Crafts

New at Bavarian Crafts!

11/27/19 Checking on additional features like blog, etc.
11/27/19 Resurrected site

Slideshow of a few random items:

  • Logo carved on deer antler, leather carved leave and wood acorn
    Logo carved on deer antler, leather carved leave and wood acorn
  • Detail of antler rose
    Detail of antler rose
  • Rose carved of deer antler, with copper leaves and stem
    Rose carved of deer antler, with copper leaves and stem
  • Custom Trachtenmesser - Michigan whitetail deer antler
    Custom Trachtenmesser - Michigan whitetail deer antler
  • Woodburn on basswood, bass of pine, and Michigan whitetail deer antler
    Woodburn on basswood, bass of pine, and Michigan whitetail deer antler
  • Woodburn on basswood slice
    Woodburn on basswood slice
  • Scrimshaw - deer antler and Petoskey stone
    Scrimshaw - deer antler and Petoskey stone
  • Arts and crafts clock - 1/4 sawn white ash
    Arts and crafts clock - 1/4 sawn white ash
  • Carved and colored leather backed mirror
    Carved and colored leather backed mirror
  • Carved nameplate - removeable carved fish
    Carved nameplate - removeable carved fish
  • Woodburn on basswood slice
    Woodburn on basswood slice
  • Woodburn on pine vase
    Woodburn on pine vase
  • Woodburn on basswood slice
    Woodburn on basswood slice
  • Carved nameplet on elk antler (design on back)
    Carved nameplet on elk antler (design on back)
  • Lightweight music stand for table
    Lightweight music stand for table
Logo carved on deer antler, leather carved leave and wood acorn
Logo carved on deer antler, leather carved leave and wood acorn