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Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

I am a self taught woodworker. I have never had any formal training other than just what I picked up from growing up on a farm. I learned my woodworking skills from doing various construction jobs while working my way through college. My interests are wide and varied. I tend to lean towards Arts and Crafts and Mission furniture. I build, design, and install my own work. I have trained and studied full time for over two and a half years under various stained glass master artists. I designed, installed and constructed several hundred individual pieces of stained glass. projects and windows. I have found a new creative outlet for this passion when combining this craft with woodworking. I have restored the home I am currently living in. I have blogged extensively about the project in a series called "This Old Crack House". This is featured and posted on this site in Featured in this home is over 143 pieces of hand made furniture along with 125 stained glass windows and several other free standing pieces . I also created, constructed and installed a one of a kind stained glass ceiling, that has been featured in several local and national media outlets.
I serve as a seasonal state licensed building inspector for a city in the Minneapolis Minnesota area. I specialize in residential construction. I serve on a special task force for foreclosures, fraud and problem houses for the city. I serve as the staff consultant for urban renewal projects in restoration, rehab and construction renewal of neighborhoods. When time permits I teach specialized classes in woodworking and stained glass. Although less frequent, I still buy, rehab, and restore old homes and offer these for resale. I have did over eleven of these homes and projects just my neighborhood area over the years.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 01-09-2007 06:54 AM

Just checked out your web site (if ever so briefly). Very impressive work! Looking forward to hearing some of the back story on your projects. Looks like you’ve been busy!

Welcome to lumberjocks.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 01-09-2007 06:55 AM

I’ve done a bit of stained glass, I’m a pretty good woodworker, I held a journymans card for suspended accoustical ceilings, so I’m more that qualitfied to say thats one hot ceiling you have there!

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#3 posted 01-14-2007 05:17 PM

I think he spends a lot of time in his shop. I noticed a TV mounted. I wonder if there’s a cot in the corner, a shower in the back, and I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts there’s a coffee maker and a Microwave somewhere in there. No real need to go up to the bighouse, except to rest and read what I can only guess is the biggest seller of all time.

Do you mind if I put a link to your site on my home page?

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#4 posted 01-28-2007 11:38 PM

Welcome Aboard Dusty. For being a self taught woodworker, you do some great work!

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 03-08-2007 09:27 PM

I have been checking out your projects and shop. Very nice work. Your skills with the stained glass are very complementary to your style of furniture making.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 03-08-2007 09:51 PM


thank you and welcome to Lumberjocks

i look forward to seeing some of your projects and reading what you have to offer about woodworking.

-- Dusty

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#7 posted 07-12-2007 05:41 AM

Talk about the shuffle…Forgot to say “Hey” the first time around!

Welcome to the one and the only LumberJocks website. Enjoy your time spent here.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#8 posted 07-26-2007 01:11 AM

Wow, you have some great work posted. Must keep you busy. I have remodeled my home also, in between keeping the bill paying jobs on track. You have many projects to be proud of.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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Mark A. DeCou

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#9 posted 08-02-2007 01:58 PM

I was watching one of my favorite shows last night. I was sitting there on the couch, and I saw a preview for an upcoming spot, and I recognized some Mission work, so I couldn’t wait to see it. I watch the opening introduction, and if I don’t find anything interesting in the episode, I delete it quickly to clear more room on the DVR. But, this time, I saw that glimpse of Mission work, and so I fast forwarded the DVR to that spot.

Then, they introduced the spot, and showed some more work, and I thought, “I’ve seen that before.” Then, they introduced the artist that made all of it and his name was “Dusty” from Minnesota. Then, they panned the rooms of Mission furniture, and I recognized the pieces in the room. I called to “wife”, “honey, Dusty from lumberjocks is on t.v.” She came running in, the kids came running in, and we all watched with great joy as our buddy Dusty was interviewed, showed his work, showed his lamps being built, showed his stained glass ceiling…....

The episode was “Look What I Did”

Dusty, I can’t believe I hadn’t heard that you were going to be on tv. The spot of was excellent, and you were shown as true master of your craft….I was very proud of you.

Congrats from one of your big fans!!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#10 posted 08-03-2007 02:54 AM

Mark Decou,

Thank You.

I am truly humbled and honored with your kind words.

I tend to shy away from the attention and go about my work quietly.

Again I am honored and happy you enjoyed the TV show.

-- Dusty

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#11 posted 11-08-2008 11:41 PM

Dusty, any blogs you do on stained glass projects or lessons would greatly interest me.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 11-09-2008 12:47 AM

Dusty, When I first became a lumberjock one of the things after finding my way around was to read ‘my old crack house’ and then you disappeared. Please show us more of your work including the Glass. You may consider yourself as self taught ( as are many of us) but you have so much to teach. PLEASE .

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 02-06-2009 03:52 PM

Hi Dusty,

I just noticed that you’re paying a visit today.

I can truly say that I’ve missed you.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 05-18-2009 08:34 AM

Hi Dusty, love your work this is what some day I wish to build at your level. Thanks for the GREAT PICTURES.
God Bless
Leo Reyes

-- "Well done is better than well said"

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#15 posted 06-28-2009 02:02 AM

Dank Dusty, I have paid a small fortune for the quartson oak mission furniture in my house. It is great to know that a fellow lumberjock has made some of the most incrediablly satisfing furniture that I have ever seen. Your work just brings peace to me. I’m sure it does to you too. Thanks for showing it. :=} Now back to another new hobby of mine.

-- I get out to the shop when Ryan lets me. Arggggggggggg

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