If there’s one thing people can’t say about Dan MacPhail, it’s that he doesn’t have a sense of humor. I mean he has to carry a certain degree of hilarity to install a shop door derived straight from Tolkien’s "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. (See slide 12 for an image of the door.)
“People think it’s funny I have a Hobbit door going from my showroom into my shop, but I just thought it would be a cool thing to have … Now I want to recreate the Stones of Stenness in my front yard. Before I die I’d like to chase druids off my lawn,” MacPhail says laughing.
It’s that same lighthearted wit and imagination that has helped MacPhail become one of the foremost designers of antler-accented furniture and furnishings. For the last 21 years, from his shop in Kevil, KY, he’s garnered popularity for his one-of-a-kind, handmade bone-framed fixtures, and more recently, for his distinct, authentic antler Christmas trees.