Made in South Dakota: Harrisburg man makes detailed cornhole boards in spare time

HARRISBURG, S.D. (KSFY) - A Harrisburg man has started a business out of his garage, and it continues to grow. The popular bean bag game, also known as cornhole, is keeping him busy.

He says it all started two-and-a-half years ago when a friend asked Dan Mathiowetz to make him a set of cornhole boards.

"I started out just kind of using random pieces of wood from here and there, and evolved with my own skills and what was available to me," Dan said.

Now, just from word of mouth, Dan's made about 200 sets of the popular bean bag toss game. He even taught himself to sew, so he could provide the corn-filled bags.

"I've done a lot of the American flags ones, with the sports ones, a lot of Jacks, Bears around here actually and Vikings. Vikings are obviously my team, so I'm happy about that," Dan said with a smile.

His dad is a shop teacher, and Dan said the carpentry work is just something he knows how to do. He uses vinyl prints to get more detail on his boards, that's really what sets him apart. He gets his prints from Fox Print in Tea.

"I've done some corporate ones. I've done some where people just take photos they send me, mountain scapes that they have done or outings," he said.

He says a majority of his sales have happened soley because of posting his work on social media. His Facebook page is attached to this story. It's evident people like the boards and they like his price.

"Normally I sell them for $180. I try and keep it pretty low, so people can get a good deal," he said.

Right now it is just a side hobby out of his garage, but Dan says, that's all he wants it to be.



 
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