In Business: Great River Door Company Creates One-Of-A-Kind Carved Doors


ARE DOWN 65 TO 50 TO SACRAMENTO KINGS.>>MALAAK: THANK YOU. FOR THIS WEEK’S IN-BUSINESS, GREAT RIVER DOOR COMPANY IN BRAINERD CREATES DOORS IN A UNIQUE SAND CARVED PROCESS. THE CARVING TECHNIQUES CREATE A PERSONAL DESIGN FOR EACH DOOR. CHANTELLE CALHOUN HAS THE STORY.>>GREAT RIVER DOOR COMPANY IS A LOCAL SHOP THAT SPECIFIES IN CARVING CUSTOM DESIGNS.>>IT’S SOMETHING THAT’S A VERY NICHE BUSINESS. WE SELL DOORS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. JUST KIND OF HAVE TO DO THAT TO GET ENOUGH WORK TO KEEP THINGS GOING. WE DO VERY CUSTOM DOORS WITH CARVED ELEMENTS AND THEN ALSO CUSTOM GLASS, CUSTOM HAND FORGED METAL AND A LOT OF EXTRAS THAT YOU WOULDN’T GET IN A CONVENTIONALLY MADE DOOR.>>THE CRAFTSMEN GLUE AND CLAMP THE WOOD TOGETHER, SAND IT DOWN AND THEN GET INTO THE DESIGN OF THE DOOR. MOST DOORS INVOLVE WILDLIFE ELEMENTS.>>TAKING IT FROM A POINT OF BEING GLUED AND MILLED DOWN TO WORKABLE LUMBER TO GLUED UP AND FINISHED TO A DOOR PRODUCT. USUALLY IT COMES TO THE FRONT AREA OF THE SHOP WHERE BRENT, THE OWNER, WILL DO MOST OF THE FINISH WORK ON FINISHING THE PANELS AND DOING THE FINAL TOUCHES ON A HAND CARVED DOOR.>>THE FINAL STEP IS TO CLEAN THE DOOR AND PREPARE IT TO BE STAINED.>>ESSENTIALLY IT’S CALLED DISTRESSED WOOD, SO THERE’S DIFFERENT WAYS OF DOING THAT. WHAT YOU HAVE BEHIND ME IS DONE WITH A SCORER. THAT’S WHAT YOU SAW JIM WORKING ON, AND THAT’S JUST THE PROCESS OF JUST KIND OF TEXTURING IT AND GIVING IT KIND OF AN OLDER WORLD LOOK.>>FOR THIS WEEK’S IN-BUSINESS, REPORTING IN BRAINERD, CHANTELLE CALHOUN, LAKELAND NEWS.>>MALAAK: ALTHOUGH DOORS ARE THEIR MAIN SELLER, GREAT RIVER DOOR COMPANY DESIGNERS CAN

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