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MASTER OF HIS CRAFT
Expressions in Furniture
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Designs from history are translated into museum-quality reproductions
ouglas P. Dimes, 56, knows
instinctively how to make an
American Windsor chair-
it's all he's ever known or
wanted to do. At age 10, the secondgeneration
owner of D.R. Dimes & Company
began sweeping the floors of the
shop where his father, Douglas R. Dimes,
specialized in Colonial furniture like the
Windsor chair, whose origins stem from
18th-century England.
Founded in 1964, D.R. Dimes &
Company is known nationally for its
faithful, museum-quality reproductions
of Colonial furniture. Through expert
craftsmanship and with a dedicated
team, Douglas R. Dimes & Company
brought the Windsor chair widespread
popularity by designing the Limited
Edition Writing Arm Chair during
America's Bicentennial in 1976. Meanwhile,
Douglas P. Dimes would continue
learning processing, assembly, carving
and hand-turning-all skills needed
to make a quality chair. Dimes wanted
to especially thank junior partner Tom
Lavigne, who worked for the company
for 50 years, as being instrumental to
its success.
For the last 35 years, Doug has been
designing furniture by following his
father's example and those same 18thcentury
standards of quality. For his
dad's birthday in 1992, Doug gave him
the first Windsor chair he designed and
put together-a reproduction from Independence
Hall.
The company's work has appeared
in dramatic movies and been commissioned
by several historical sites and
museums, including Colonial Williamsburg,
Independence Hall, Old Sturbridge
BY EMILY REILY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN W. HESSION
84 New Hampshire Home | November/December 2022
A Henzey Sackback Windsor
Arm Chair finished in claret.
The style originated in
18th-century Philadelphia.

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