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Handmade in the Heartland: Long Grain Furniture

Posted at 10:29 AM, Dec 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 15:26:55-05

Todd McCollister of Long Grain Furniture is in his craft for the long haul, he's been at it for 10 years and is still not sure if its work or works of art. 

Before moving to Omaha, McCollister was an artist living in New York City, where he worked on completing commissioned sculptures for six years. But after all of that time, there was one medium he kept returning to. 

"A lot of my sculptures had wood parts in them, and they started to look like furniture parts," McCollister said. "People began asking me if I would make them furniture and I said okay." 

In a former military supply depot, McCollister set up his large shop in Omaha. 

"Here I have a little bit more space and between commission jobs I can make something that is just out of my own exploration," he said. "I like to make things people will notice and talk about in their home, things that people will develop a relationship with over a long period of time."