The Black Swan Barrel company in Park Rapids is not a quiet place.
Industrial wood planers shape white oak into staves. Workers bind them with steel rings, submerge them in hot water, then sear the inside with fire.
According to business owner Heidi Karasch, it's especially loud right now. Her workers are rushing just to meet the rapidly growing demand for whiskey barrels.
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"We're over 10 months behind right now," she said. "So if you wanted to place an order today, you'd have to wait."