My name is Dan Kaminski. I was born and raised in northern Michigan. I'm the middle of five boys. My brothers and I grew up on a small farm and my Dad owned a sawmill. The house and the mill were divided by a small creek feeding into a huge pond with an arched bridge spanning the distance between. This bridge gave me the opportunity to drag lumber from the mill to the house, thus beginning a mass variety of creations. At the young age of five I was always asking my parents for nails, glue or a new hand saw. I started building the basics; boxes, bird houses and various other projects. As the years passed my passion for woodworking continued to grow while I tried to build anything and everything I could think of. Without ever having instructions or prints to follow my imagination ran wild. As the years continued to pass my simple boxes have turned into pieces that will last many lifetimes. Aside from my own work, I have spent many hours with my Dad and brothers building barns, pole barns and even homes. Part of my contributions were even found at the end of a welder, fabricating different parts, but my passion for woodworking continued. My dad was a very creative, patient, man and taught me everything I know. After working in the mill for a number of years I accepted a job logging the northern Michigan woods where I grew up. After 10 years I felt my time away from woodworking was far to great and decided to take a job doing remodeling and construction. Taking a pay cut and switching jobs has given me the freedom and opportunity to start my own woodworking shop. Although it serves as more of a hobby, my dream is to have a woodworking shop creating everything from furniture to cabinetry and I hope to experiment with wooden boats, musical instruments and the fine arts. I have a complete shop set up in my basement and am still creating beautiful items from a pile of lumber. You know what they say, if you do what you love you'll never work a day in your life and I love woodworking in my basement just as much as I did years ago carrying lumber across the arched bridge of my childhood.
Dan's ArtPrize Entries
These are Dan's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Dan's Past Work
These are images of past work that Dan has done.