knotty woodpecker

Rochester, MN

New downtown store

Home Goods & Gifts, Furniture Gallery & Woodshop

Thu-Sat 12-7

Coming Soon! Oct. 7

About the Craft

These woodcrafts are made with traditional hand tools only: planes, chisels and saws.  Many of the tools are over 100 years old.  Power tools are never used in the cutting of this work.  It’s not just about following the classical approach, but also searching for balance in today’s ever-expanding technology-based world.  Hand tools bring us back to the basics.

Everything is made with real wood, no plywoods or particle boards, and made with real joints, withstanding the test of time and made to last.  These woods are sustainable, grown in North American farms, not the exotic woods being driven to extinction.  Natural glues are used when possible, and wood finishes are grown by nature (and hydrate dry skin too!).

Helping and relying on local people is the path to a healthy world, good for nature and the local community.  Knotty Woodpecker buys local, sells local, and promotes local craftsmen.  Leather, pottery, candles and other crafts are small-batch and locally handmade.

Sean Archer


Hello, I’m Sean.

I enjoy living simply, and using hand tools in all parts of life.  I dig the garden with a shovel and deal with the snow in the same way: with a shovel.  Even my espresso machine doesn’t have a power cord, but I have been caught using power tools on the rare occasion.

My crazy history includes music production, video production, automotive engineering, and mechanical design.  I’ve spent time traveling the world, learning Chinese, and discovering Taiwanese culture.  Those who follow me know I’m hopelessly attached to CHOOCHOO-ca-CHEW.

Being a craftsman gives me a chance to escape the crazy world and leave something useful behind.