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MASTER OF HIS CRAFT
you know how to do it. It's second nature
to me. When you break it down into each
individual element, it may not be that easy.
But once you get it there, it just works.
Those guys in the 18th century, they were
talented. Holy smokes! They did work by
hand. It's amazing.
NHH: What's one example of
a great Windsor chair?
DD: The most beautiful Windsor chair, the
most sophisticated chair ever made, was
called a Philadelphia Queen Anne Combback,
that was made in Philadelphia, right
around the time of the Revolution.
Dimes hand-planes a Henzey Bowback Side Windsor Chair seat before putting the Dimes name on the bottom.
NHH: You started carving wooden
chairs when you were 21. Has your style
evolved since then?
DD: It was never static. It has evolved over
the years. And hopefully for the better,
always for the better, more stylish. Then you
figure out different techniques to do it more
efficiently, more accurately.
All the chairs are a little different, but
they shouldn't appear to be different. They
should be exactly what they should be. And
if they're not, then they're less than they
should be.
Dimes uses a hand chisel to finish a curved detail on a writing arm chair. " There's lots of small details that just have to be done by hand.
There's no way around it, " Dimes says.
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