Daniel Zehner

Minneapolis, Indiana
Zehner Woodworking


What does it mean to be a maker?

Developing skills to translate ideas into reality that will improve the lives of friends, family, and my community.

What are you doing in the Maker community?

I just finished making an American flag challenge coin holder for a veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces. Seeing the look on his face when it was finished was worth all the hard work it took. It's an honor to be able to make something like that for a true American hero to enjoy!

Who are some other Makers you admire and why?

Christopher Schwarz: He has done some great work to revitalize traditional woodworking methods.

Jory Brigham: his design work is extremely inspiring, as well as the way he supports his family through his work. A true humble hero!

Loraine Funk (my grandfather): A WWII veteran, he made so many things on the farm for the family throughout the years from farm equipment repairs, to recording equipment to listen to bird calls, and puzzles for his children and grandchildren. He's inspired many in our family to take up making in one form or another.