Entries by John Guertin

Why Barns Are Painted Red

“The Archives of the Shiawasee County Historical Society explain that a week or two after a farmer would put iron scraps into a large barrel of buttermilk, that buttermilk would be transformed into a durable red paint. That this paint was so easy and so inexpensive to make explains why so many barns were red […]

Patterson Barn

The following is an article from The Grand Rapids Press January 3, 2003 – Page D1 Author: Melissa Kruse / The Grand Rapids Press Barn razing erases vintage landmark KENTWOOD — If it were possible to see time changing, it might look like a barn at 28th Street and Patterson Avenue falling Thursday to the […]

Mlive Article and Video – January 2011

GRAND RAPIDS — Local birdhouse craftsman John Guertin isn’t competing with China. He doesn’t want to. Through a love of all things nature, he’s developed a special process, collecting materials and assembling them in a way that, he believes, beats any mass-produced birdhouse or feeder coming from the Far East. Guertin, 55, has spent the […]

Birding Business Cover Story – December 2010

  John Guertin has an interesting story to tell and he’s not afraid to tell it. One of the hardest jobs of a retailer is getting attention in the community – in a way that does not involve taking out ads in the media. John Guertin’s Heart & Eagle Company manages to do just that. […]