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After an existential jolt of clarity, Duluth Woman Anna got to work collecting a pile of salvaged wood and pieced together a thriving enterprise. Starting with a few DIY projects and some furniture, she eventually found her calling with intricate wood mosaics fashioned from old docks, floorboards and barn wood – turning things once discarded into works of art.


Equipped with growing confidence in her craft, Anna continued to forge ahead into new creative territory. In the spring of 2017, she and husband Nathanael set table saws to work rehabbing a long-vacant 1920s gas station into a hub for Duluth’s local artists and makers.


Service-station doors now open into the swirling sawdust of Anna’s woodshop. The completed rebuild, lovingly named “The Makers Mark Collective Studio,” includes a vacation rental, a market showcasing the handmade talents of local artisans and plenty of square footage for Anna’s artistic vision to grow.

“When I first stepped out on my own, it felt like I was on a boat pushed into the middle of Lake Superior… it was overwhelming,” she says. “The satisfaction of working in my studio got me through the tough times.”

“When I first stepped out on my own, it felt like I was on a boat pushed into the middle of Lake Superior… it was overwhelming,” she says. “The satisfaction of working in my studio got me through the tough times.”