From Spirits magazine article Dant's Handmade "On a log" 1935

" artisan in both woodcraft and blacksmithing. ... Joseph W. Dant fashioned his first still out of a log from a large yellow poplar tree which he first cut in half, hollowed out and then bound together with a withe or tough twig. Inside this hollow log a copper pipe ran from end to end and heat passing through it boiled the beer which poured in from a bucket through a hole in the top. In his distilling operations. J.W. Dant is reported as the most meticulous of the Kentucky distiller of his time. He even grew and hand picked the grain he used, did his own grinding, yeasting and distilling--even made his own cooperage."