November-December 2022 - 92

MASTER OF HIS CRAFT
I can tell you pretty much everything I've made
in my life will outlast everybody who's currently
alive on the planet. That's the standard.
NHH: What is D.R. Dimes like today?
DD: I couldn't bring myself to be thinking about
selling it-I closed it. It became financially
untenable. My name is Dimes. I am a Dimes.
It's the only thing I've ever done. Closing almost
killed me; I was so distraught.
Times change, things change, circumstances
change. There is a lot of great companies that
are no longer in existence. What we were doing
wasn't practical anymore.
NHH: How do you continue to grow?
DD: I am always pushing forward. I do a lot of
reading. I have a huge library of books, and
from a very young age, I met very influential
antique dealers.
Top: Dimes installs a comb onto a chair, one of the last steps when making a Windsor Chair.
NHH: Can anyone do this?
DD: It takes a lot of experience, rewinding and
repetition to get it right. Repetition, repetition.
And, boy, it is helpful if you have somebody
there giving you some pointers. My father had
to figure it out himself.
NHH: Are you a big history buff?
DD: We're in the history business, recreating the
very best of 18th-century designs from all
over the country, and doing it as well as we
possibly could.
NHH: Do you have any hobbies?
DD: I've always been just a grinder. My buddy
Tom, who used to work for us, and I would both
be at the shop early in the morning. Everybody
ran a really tight ship. I love it. And I'm very
proud of it. But it's a job.
Landscaping, if anything, is my hobby-
trying to make things look good. I want them
to be pretty.
NHH: What about vacations?
DD: I hate vacation. I like to be in the shop.
That's where I'm comfortable. Sometimes,
I'll go to a museum. Last weekend, I went
down to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem,
Massachusetts.
NHH
A finished Philadelphia Writing Arm Windsor Chair,
with storage under the arm and seat, in solid tiger
maple with an olde amber finish.
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