Welcome to "Life is GREAT on Highway 8!", sponsored by the Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation. Each of the 5 cities along the Highway 8 Corridor in Minnesota, from Chisago City to Taylors Falls, has a large oversized, brightly-colored Adirondack-style chair. There are also 37 artistically-designed chairs outdoors at sponsor locations along the Highway 8 corridor available to buy through a silent auction. Silent auction bids will be updated periodically. Click on photos to learn more .

Chair # 13 – Wisdom in the Woods – Final bid $275

Pinned on June 28, 2013 at 4:21 am by Lou Ann

Chair # 13 – Wisdom in the Woods – Final bid $275


chair # 13  (click photo to enlarge)

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Chair # 13  (click photo to enlarge)

LOCATION:   Northwoods Roasterie – like the coffee that is blended and roasted on site, the atmosphere is to be savored and enjoyed.   In a renovated home with an Up North feel overlooking North Lindstrom Lake, the baristas will brew your coffee or tea, make a delicious smoothie or serve  up one of several new menu items.  Just sit back and relax!

12710 No. First Ave.

Lindstrom, MN  55045

Phone: (651) 257-5240   www.northwoodsroasterie.com

ARTIST:              Brandon Mechtel

 CHAIR NAME:          “Wisdom of the Woods”

Brandon grew up in the area and has created works of art work all of his life.   He is 23 years old and has always had an interest in the outdoors, arts, and trades.  Brandon likes to work in a variety of mediums.   Most of his work requires tools that range from industrial diamond saws down to the smallest of paint brushes.  He has always enjoyed drawing and painting, as well as time spent in the shop working with saws and welders.

Brandon’s family enjoys time spent in the outdoors, which is strongly reflected in most of his work.  He started out making fishing lures in 2003, and has evolved to create artworks such as:  stone stack lamps, detailed wood carvings, and more recently photography – to name a few.


Visit the sponsor locations for all 37 Highway 8 Chairs for a chance to win $200 in gift certificates to the sponsor(s) of your choice.  Just keep track of the chair codes on the Highway 8 Chairs Map. To place a Silent Auction Bid for this chair, place your bid on the bid sheet inside the coffee shop during business hours.