(715) 399-0133

9532 S. County Road A
Superior, WI 54880 USA
dan.carol@apwoodworking.com

Kathy’s Coopered Jewelry Armoire

Post Image

  The art of coopering takes what would be a flat surface and gives it the ability to move and roll. It dates back over 4,000 years, the word coming from a lower Saxon word, “kuper”, signifying one who constructs tubs, barrels and similar items. A cooper back in the colonial days was a highly […]

Read More

The Magic of Iron-Buffed Wood

Post Image

When it first goes on, the board turns charcoal, or a warm tea brown, or a greenish gray. Then, by the time you’ve made it to the top of the piece, the color has already started to change and deepen. The graining comes out in front, almost like 3-D, and you see colors such as […]

Read More

Work & Place: A Brief Interview with Daniel Dunbar

Post Image

The end of winter is quite possibly the heaviest time of year. Everything is swollen with water and frozen snow, things are melting, sloshing, sliding. We are all worn out from the stress of additional winter chores, and it’s easy for your mood to get like our driveway – muddy. And yet . . . […]

Read More

When the Winds Blow

Post Image

Building from trees that meet their end due to storm damage has always been part of the way Dan thinks when working with wood. About 10 years ago a derecho, or front line wind storm, blew through Lino Lakes, MN, taking down hundreds of trees and damaging homes. When Dan arrived that weekend to help […]

Read More

Tool Talk

Post Image

When I first started working with wood, I couldn’t afford to buy the tools I wanted, so I made them. I found I could buy a better quality blade if I constructed the wood component myself. I started with hand planes and marking gauges. I was just learning, so making them taught me a lot, […]

Read More

When It’s Good to Fall to Pieces

Post Image

The art of glue-less joinery . . . by Daniel Dunbar My brother bought an armoire when he was living in France a few years ago and had it delivered to his house. The piece arrived in pieces. Literally, they delivered him a pile of wood stacked on the floor and said, “There you go.” […]

Read More

The 20-Year Pen

Post Image

Yesterday morning while walking my son to the bus, I found a pen on the ground. “Hey,” I said, “your sister dropped her pen.” “That’s mine Dad,” he said. “My friends and I found it. It can last 20 years!” “Really?” I picked it up, a cheap, white, click-top ball-point. Across its barrel in blue […]

Read More

If People Were Trees

Post Image

A Poem in Pictures By Daniel Dunbar   When it comes time for the taking             Of all not mine to keep                 May I have the grace to freely offer       And gently be received.           […]

Read More

Dyeing without Killing

Post Image

One of the biggest differences between custom and mass produced furniture has to do with the finish. How a piece is finished determines not only the outer beauty, but influences the quality of wood chosen for the piece as well. For example, this summer Dan refinished a shoe bench for my sister. After sanding away […]

Read More

Simplicity of Design

My sister got me an airplane day calendar one year for Christmas. You’ve probably seen the kind I’m talking about – each day was a sheet of paper with instructions for how to make an airplane with it. I didn’t make all of them, but I did enough to know when I stumbled across a […]

Read More