Woodworking in America: Darryl Dunn

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We are interviewing producers from all 50 states. Today we introduce Darryl Dunn, a Texas furniture manufacturer specializing in recycled lumber.

How did you start the woodworking? Who were your mentors?

6 years ago, my best friend introduced me to the reuse of shipping pallets. For the next three years I taught myself how to work wood. Third year I found a job in a furniture store. The guys in the shop were my mentors. They helped me fill my educational gaps by being self-taught.

What do you think is your best or favorite job? What kind of work do you do most?

My best or favorite pieces are a game between shelves and tables that I create. Incidentally, they are my bestsellers. I’m lucky that people give me the freedom to be creative. And the tables and bookcases are large enough to play with the motifs

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start carpentry or pursue it as a profession?

Know your tools. Your tools have quirks. Make yourself comfortable with them. Plus, the wooden pallet is a great way to practice and save money. If you can work with the wooden pallet, you can probably work with any type of wood.

What is your practical advice or the best woodworking technique?

Not really a tip or a technique. I would add develop your style. Sometimes there is more than one way to achieve the same result

Is there anyone you would like to scream or recommend to follow? Who inspires you? (It doesn’t even have to be tied to carpentry.)

I would recommend @tazboards. (The dreaded carpenter) incredible cutting boards, pyrography and afrocentric pieces.

See more of Darryl Dunn’s works on his website or on Instagram @dunnswood

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