Handmade furniture, made with real hands and traditional hand tools.

Unique Furniture Designs
Traditionally Handmade
Real wood & hand tools only
Strong & Sustainable
Furniture designs made to last
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Traditionally Handmade

Each piece is made entirely with traditional hand tools only, designed with traditional joinery and techniques.

Strong, Reliable

The results are strong & long-lasting.  Made with solid wood and traditional joinery to last generations.

Natural Finish

Using natural materials: safe to use, safe to apply, food safe, easy to repair.

Sustainable Materials

Sustainable means outlasting the life of the tree and sourced from natural materials.

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Why hand tools?

Is the furniture made with hand tools different from power tools?  Of course it is.  There are many differences that you may not notice at

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2024 Update

I’ve fallen off the map for a while, so here are some updates. social media Most of us hate it, but we all still use

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the search for a saw

Sometimes it’s difficult to find tools made for woodworkers from 100 years ago.  Actually, considering at the life of woodwork, 100 years doesn’t sound like

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Price Transparency

Secret advisors tell me not to be transparent, but I feel like I should.  And, transparency means education because it’s easy to get the wrong

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About the Artist

Sean Archer


Knotty Woodpecker came together with an engineering background, an artistic history and a life in Asia.  This became the pursuit of craftsmanship.

Style is influenced by traditional American hand tools and Ming Dynasty techniques:

bold & clean

simple & strong

exposing natural elements

Real wood and natural materials offer a sense of joy and peace to our lifestyle.

About the Shop

Appointment Only

307 E Center St

Rochester, MN

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Aesthetically, Knotty Woodpecker furniture can compliment various styles and genres. Quality-wise, it sits alone and will spoil your appetite for ever again buying fast furniture.
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The low table that Sean created for us perfectly fits a unique space! His respect for the natural beauty of the materials and attention to detail are obvious. While the design and wood selections in this piece were beautiful to begin with, we also love how sunshine, Sean's natural wood polish, and regular use of this practical piece have made it part of our home.
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Thank you for the beautiful work you have done for me. And the print out for your work so I know it when it is handed down.

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