Duluth man updates shack into art studio

When he and his wife moved into their Duluth home nine years ago, the 7-by-14-foot structure was divided into two rooms: one for lawn equipment, the other for toys. Each harbored a door fit for its users: a tall one, and a short one.

Furfaro turned two rooms into one. He added new flooring, drains and concrete floaters, and he rebuilt three sides of the foundation.

“However they built this before, everything was rotted out and just dirt,” Furfaro said.

Dominic Furfaro stands by his backyard studio Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune

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It took six years, and today, it’s a four-season space — add a space heater during winter — that he uses as his art studio.

The former Navy photographer started collecting driftwood and turning it into tabletop sculptures in fall 2019. That spring, COVID-19 changed everything.

“I had just finished ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude,’ the novel. I had become a maker not of little golden fishes,

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