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Spalted Birch and the Swerengen Cabinet

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During a lightning storm of ’02, a giant birch on the back forty lost a limb. It stood like that an entire summer before I had the chance to harvest the wood. During that time, summer rains poured down into the trunk of the tree. I didn’t know how much until the day of its […]

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The Magic of Iron-Buffed Wood

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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 […]

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Work & Place: A Brief Interview with Daniel Dunbar

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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 . . . […]

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The Story of Moon Bear

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There was a maple not far from a path I frequented.  A grand sentinel, he stood broad and tall.   I first noticed a fungal growth about its base in ’02, and in ’03 I saw it was worsening fast, so I felled it before it could rot out entire.   Oh, how the ground shook. The […]

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When the Winds Blow

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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 […]

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Evan & Deb’s Desk

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Around this time last year Dan was working on a desk project for a young couple in Minneapolis. They had seen Dan’s work at an art show and were in need of a desk. Together they had saved up enough money to buy one from Ikea, but Deb’s family lived in France, with one member […]

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Story of an Empty Space

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Last winter I had the opportunity to design a cabinet for a very unique space. The clients saw my work at the 60 on 50th Art Show in Edina, Minnesota, and we worked together to design a cabinet that would both fit this space and serve a purpose. What intrigued me most about the job […]

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It Started with a Pine Tree

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The story of Sue’s custom headboard This fall Dan delivered a custom headboard that was years in the making. It started with a large white pine that was felled in the summer of 2006 when my father was here visiting. He played lumberjack for two days and helped Dan fell the tree, which was hollow […]

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