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MN-made gift idea: Oh Dier wooden home goods

William Dohman has handcrafted a shop for wooden clocks, toys, kitchen utensils and more.

This story is part of GoMN's 2017-18 Winter Guide.

William Dohman launched Oh Dier in 2008 as a creative escape from his day-to-day architectural design work. After creating a one-off handmade sign for his wife, Katie, Dohman’s inventory eventually expanded to a collection of wooden toys, boxes, cutting boards, serving trays, office space organizers and more. 

When demand rose, Dohman took the leap to make Oh Dier his full-time job. From his first homemade project until now, love has always been at the center of Dohman's craft. "I believe that we should surround ourselves with the things we love, and things that have a story. Even the most functional of things can be beautiful and well-designed," Dohman says.

Dohman suggests Oh Dier’s custom serving boards as gifts for this time of year, as they are great for serving all kinds of snacks. During the holiday season, he packages and sells them with local, cheese, honey and preserves at the Mill City Market. To add a personal touch, the boards can also be engraved with a special message. (Cutting and serving boards range from $35-$75.)

Whether he creates it or not, Dohman prefers giving something homemade to loved ones. Some his favorite local artisans are Lauren Neal who crafts jewelry, Ben Fiess who creates ceramic goods, and Adam Gruetzmacher who makes pottery.

You can shop the full Oh Dier collection online here, and you can follow the shop on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

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This story is part of GoMN's 2017-18 Winter Guide.

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