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Heidi Karasch adds the signature black swan to a completed barrel. The company ships the barrels to artisan whiskey distilleries across the U.S. Their customer base now is expanding with their HONEY COMB® barrel alternative, which is used for flavoring and aging wine and beer, as well as spirits. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Cooperage opens in Park Rapids

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A time-honored craft has emerged on Park Rapids' Commerce Avenue.

Black Swan Cooperage engages wood, fire and steel to create barrels on site. Toasting the barrel created from American white oak is the cooperage's trademark, a vanilla scent emerging from the oak.

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Craft distilleries - comparable to microbreweries - are the company's primary market.

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