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Daniel Carlson

Ada, MI, United States

Dan Carlson makes his living creating works of art. His forty years of hand carving experience began in his father’s basement shop. Inspired by his father’s exceptional talent and his Swedish heritage, Dan still uses carving tools passed down from his father and grandfather today. In 1985 Dan turned his passion for functional art into a full-time business. As owner and chief designer at Carlson Design ( he continues to engineer and be the artisan source for anything you can dream up made of wood, metal or other mediums you challenge him with. From his picturesque rural Ada studio tucked among pines in old world European fashion, “The Maker of Things” as Dan is fondly dubbed and his talented team at Carlson Design create dimensional signage, metal sculpture, custom furniture, custom railings, staircases, range hoods, etc. for the restaurant industry, commercial projects, builders, architects, designers and high-end homes throughout Michigan and nationwide.

Daniel's ArtPrize Entries

These are Daniel's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

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    The Door is Always Open

    2017 ArtPrize Entry Daniel Carlson
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