Member Spotlight  | Dan O'Sullivan

Dan O'Sullivan

A Modern Renaissance Man

Growing up in New York lake region north of the Adirondacks, Dan learned to be a maker. He became a talented woodworker, blacksmith, gunsmith and aviator.

By the age of 15 Dan was working part-time carving vintage airplane propellers - a job that also allowed Dan to make his first solo flight in a Nieuport 11 biplane.

Even the US Army saw his talent and soon he was flying helicopters in Vietnam. Upon return to the States, Dan joined the USAF to continue his flying career - seems he had a need for speed.


“a man can do all things if he will”
-Leon Battista Alberti

When he was not above the clouds, Dan honed his skills at timber framing which of course required him to learn how to forge weld multiple steels to make your own tools. When you learn to be a blacksmith, why not also learn to make your own black powder

Since most makers find time to do even more, Dan restored a 1950 MGTD. Plus as a testament to his mechanical skills, Dan’s Volvo has wellover a million miles.

After retiring from the USAF, Dan started yet another career as a high school math and physics teacher in Durham. Plus he built his backyard shop and started producing many, many furniture pieces - Here are just a few examples

Dan’s latest project his yet another Adirondack guide boat which will be an exact reproduction of the boat he grew up with.

To see even more of Dan’s work, please check out his photo albums over in the forums - all 48 of them.  Danmart77 Albums

This was a fun interview, Thanks Dan
Phil Soper