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We’re interviewing makers from all 50 states. Today we’re featuring Darryl Dunn, a furniture maker from Texas who specializes in reclaimed lumber.

How did you get started woodworking? Who were your mentors?

6 years ago, My best friend introduced me to repurposing shipping pallets. For the next three years I taught myself woodworking. Year three I found work at a cabinet shop. The guys in the shop were my mentors. They helped me fill in my educational gaps from being self-taught.

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

My best or favorite pieces are a toss-up between the bookshelves and the tables I create. Incidentally, they are my best sellers. I’m lucky that people give me the freedom to be creative. And tables and bookshelves are large enough to play around with patterns

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

Know your tools. Your tools have quirks. Be comfortable with them. Also, pallet wood is a great way to practice and save money. If you can work with pallet wood you can probably work with any wood.

What’s your best hands-on tip or woodworking technique?

Not really a tip or technique. I’d add develop your own style. Sometimes there is more than one way to achieve the same outcome

Is there anyone you’d like to shout-out or recommend we follow? Who inspires you? (Doesn’t have to be woodworking related, either.)

I’d recommend @tazboards. (The dreaded woodworker) amazing cutting boards, pyrography, and Afrocentric pieces.

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

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