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Local artist exhibiting work at DL’s Trinity Lutheran

Woodwork artist Duane Dahlberg is exhibiting his work at Detroit Lakes’ Trinity Lutheran Church this month. He was raised on a farm in western North Dakota, where he learned to work with wood crafting tools. SUBMITTED PHOTO

There is a very interesting art exhibit featuring the work of local artist Duane A. Dahlberg  at Detroit Lakes’ Trinity Lutheran Church this month.

Dahlberg taught physics and environmental studies at Concordia College in Moorhead for most of his professional life. 

As an ordained Lutheran pastor, he served in a number of communities. He has served as a consultant for many organizations and individuals about environmental problems associated with human and animal health, especially those related to electrical energies.

Born and raised in western North Dakota, Duane was attracted to the forests of Minnesota and they became his special pastime.

Because of his farm background, working with his hands and with tools came naturally.

He has always liked quality wood, so refinishing furniture was a natural first step for him.

From there it progressed to making things with wood:  tables, beds, shelving, flooring, candle holders, vases…he even built a cabin in the woods. 

As a scientist, Duane began to look more deeply into the wood, discovering the potential of burls, spalting, and birds-eye (maple).

He found interesting forms, waiting to be uncovered, in the dead trees on his property on Little Toad Lake.

Duane calls them his “creatures,” as each has a personality and special characteristics.

Whether it is through a table, a candle holder, or a “creature,” Duane lets the wood itself shape what it will eventually become — thus, “Woodspeak” expresses all of his work with wood. 

Once a way for Duane to relieve the pressures from his work, wood and its potential has become a satisfying and creative focus for his retirement life.

Come visit the exhibit at Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 1401 Madison Ave., near Detroit Lakes High School. 

Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays.

For more information, call 218-847-7211.