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In this photo taken Sept. 28, 2009, Dave Tomaszewski (left) and brother Don Tomaszewski, of Ivanhoe, Minn., sit in a rustic garden bench and arbor they built from sticks and recycled barn wood in Ivanhoe. Over the last year, they have been working together to make and sell different pieces of furniture and garden decorations. (AP Photo/ Independent of Marshall, Deb Gau)

Minnesota brothers branch out into making rustic stick furniture

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IVANHOE, Minn. -- You can make a beautiful garden bench from the limbs of an ash tree, Dave Tomaszewski said, but you have to develop an eye for it. He demonstrated by looking up into an ash growing outside his mother Helen's home in Ivanhoe.


"You see the part where that branch turns? That would be good for the back," he said. With enough practice, "You can just look up and say, 'There's a bench. There's an arbor.'''

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