Posted by: Kath Usitalo | April 15, 2011

Bowled Over In Munising

Munising Woodenware displayed at Falling Rock Cafe, Munising

As the weather warms, garage and yard sale signs spring from the earth, beckoning collectors and the curious to rummage around someone else’s household items for sale.

If you’re among those whose “inner picker” calls, keep your eyes open for wooden bowls decorated with handpainted flowers, ivy, fruit and birds and stamped on the bottom with the word “Munising.” They’re a part of Upper Peninsula and Michigan history.

We saw examples of Munising Woodenware displayed at the Falling Rock Cafe in the town of Munising, the western gateway to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Archive photo of women painting Munising Woodenware, 1940s

Munising Woodenware Company operated in the Lake Superior shore town from 1911 until 1955, and at its peak employed 250-300 people.

Learn more at the Munising Woodenware website created by fans of the products.

In addition to functional and decorative bowls, the company also made butter paddles, rolling pins, clothespins and toothpicks—although I don’t think the last items were individually engraved with the word “Munising.”

Visitor Info Clicks: Munising, Alger County
Travel Michigan: Pure Michigan



  1. I always learn something new from your blog, Kathy, like the history of Munising Woodenware – less than an hour’s drive from where I grew up.

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