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Village, Historic Deerfield, the Smithsonian,
Historic Charleston County Courthouse,
Winterthur Museum in Delaware,
the Museum of the American Revolution
in Philadelphia and the Edward M. Kennedy
Institute, where Doug reproduced
desks for the U.S. Senate chamber.
Dimes, now a team of one, continues
to make Windsor chairs and plans to
spend a lifetime carrying on the strong
work ethic passed down from his father,
who died earlier this year.
Of 18th-century American design,
Dimes says, " I think it's the best stuff
ever made. So why reinvent the wheel?
You can make it different, but you can't
make it better. "
Dimes talks with New Hampshire
Home about the history of the company,
his dad's influence and the essentials
to being a top-notch furniture-maker.
New Hampshire Home [NHH]:
How did you become a chairmaker?
Doug Dimes [DD]: When they started
restoring houses, some people who studied
it really hard had to rediscover how
the houses were built, how the furniture
was built. Now there's a YouTube video
for everything. But in 1964, there was
nothing. There was no fine woodworking
magazine. My father was more of a
pioneer of figuring it out.
NHH: What is the quality you
look for in furniture?
DD: It's scholarship. I was always pushing
to try to learn more and do more. The
only way you can identify the best stuff
is by scholarship. You just have to study
it all the time and become an expert in it
to be able to know the difference.
At Independence Hall, we made these
Philadelphia low-back benches, I think
in 1980. Millions, literally millions of
people, have sat in those chairs over
the years. That's a long time.
NHH: Is making a good piece like
breaking things down, then building
them back up?
DD: That's true of anything. It's easy if
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