Builder Profile: Dan McCarl

Here in our Builder Profile section, we like to introduce to you one of our many talented craftsmen who work so hard to bring us such beautiful furniture. Below we have talked to Dan, the assistant foreman, about his experiences in woodworking.

How long have you been working with The Joinery?

10 years and 8 months

How did you get started in working in wood? What was the first piece you ever built?

6-12 grade woodshop. Then apprenticed at a cabinet shop 22 years ago. My first piece was a shoeshine stool.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? What is the most challenging?

The most rewarding aspect of the job is choosing the lumber for a special piece.
The most challenging part is figuring out what it will look like after it ages.

Is there a project or aspect of woodworking that you are interested in tackling that you haven’t yet?

Chairs and Rockers.

What is your favorite traditional woodworking joint? What make it special to you?

I like the Mortise and Tenon, it gives you a chance to repair it if the the glue fails.

What is your favorite species of wood to work with, and why?

Western Walnut, I like the challenge of layout.

Is there a favorite project or piece you have built in the past?

Many of the highly customized pieces I have had the opportunity to build.

Thanks Dan! We will be continuing to feature our builders over the coming months. You can read about Ariel Enriquez, previously featured, here.


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