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The Beckley home used to have a flat roof, shown on bottom right of this photo. Bruce Beckley added a second story and the turrets he is still working on inside. It will be a unique room once completed. The second floor is brimming with light from all directions. There is a guest bedrom there now but the rest is awaiting Beckley's touch.

Woodworker branches out from homes to accessories

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For many log homebuilders, the north woods' economic downturn spelled disaster.

But for Bruce Beckley, it heralded in an opportunity to let his creative juices flow, and for his general contracting business to branch out.

The builder of spec homes turned to making elegant but sturdy furniture and what has become his forte - timber shelters.

Beckley has spent early spring doing the home and garden show circuit, from Minneapolis to Bemidji to Walker.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

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