Truly Custom Woodworking As many of you know, Dale did not start his woodworking career where he is today a Master Craftsman. At eleven years old he started out at the bottom of the "craftsman-in-training" ladder. That was in a closet nailing down the floor for his father’s company. Many years later at the beginning of his business, making custom wood furniture and period kitchen cabinets brought with it many questions from clients. The questions came after a perspective client had viewed our work at a friend’s home or in a public place where Dale had built custom cabinetry. It goes something like this “Can you build that in cherry?” Our answer would always be, "Yes, of course!" Then the next questions would come involving various aspects with which they were interested. They would need something like that but larger, smaller and different. The fact is Dale can build anything you need, want or desire from any wood from which we can find a supplier. The measurements come from your needs, as well as everything else involved in the design. That's what custom woodworking is; making what the client wants! Our goal is to please the client. Sometimes the client knows what they want, but can’t quite get it out of their mind onto paper. This frustration is remedied by listening to those bits of information in their explanation that allows us to ‘see’ it as they do. Dale is blessed with the ability to draw or sketch and bring the client's mental picture to the paper for everyone to see. Then we know we are heading in the right direction. When we know we are talking about the same idea, then we can begin the true design work. We will bring it to reality is only a matter of time. The once beautiful design dream is now finished work in their homes providing comfort and functioning to enhance their life. This ability is the joy of our career, and we hope it is also the satisfaction of our clients.
Furniture and room area design, specializing in Period Kitchens. Provide any service you need in woodworking.
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14 Reviews for The Cabinetmaker, Inc
I first met Dale Barnard, owner/craftsman of The Cabinetmaker, Inc, at a woodworking show in Indianapolis in January, 2014. I was intrigued with his excellence in craftsmanship and design, especially a Malouf style rocker and what I found out was a Conoid chair. I had long planned to build a complete dining room table and chairs around a Thomas Moser design trestle table in solid cherry. I attended a Conoid chair class at Dale's Paoli, IN shop and built a Conoid chair along with three other woodworkers. I was thrilled with Dale's professionalism, patience and ability to design and teach. I went back for a week in October and built five more Conoid chairs, two with arms designed by Dale that included the joinery that will permit these to be passed down to future generations. I am absolutely thrilled with these six chairs and the tremendous amount of woodworking knowledge I accumulated working under Dale's guidance and design. I made a third trip in November to build a trestle table that Dale helped design from my input. All pieces are solid cherry except for the chair spindles and table legs which are in matching ash. This is a beautiful dining room set and a reflection of my love of wood and beautiful design, all of which was made possible by Dale Barnard's creativity and craftsmanship. I heartily recommend Dale to those searching for the very best!
I attended a class taught by Dale
I recently attended a class taught by Dale. He is a true professional. The days were long but Dale and the work were enjoyable. He will not allow anything but perfection. He loves to teach and his methods are effective. I drove from Denver ( stayed in the bungalow ), but left very happy and with a beautiful Bow Arm Morris Chair. Bill Brown
Over the last several years, I have taken 5-6 classes from Dale for large mission furniture projects. The last class I took with Dale was in 2012. Dale is an excellent teacher and top-shelf master furniture maker. I learned a lot from Dale and have several keep-sake pieces I will pass on to my daughter. If you are interested in learning woodworking and want to work with the best, Dale is your man!!
I have used Dale on three separate projects to date. Each project was a unique custom piece - a beautiful curly / tiger maple grandfather clock; a painting frame to match the clock (created a few years later); and the current project of a barnwood dining table that is 12 feet long. Each piece was built with such care and they are highlights of my home. Dale is wonderful to work with - he is easygoing and listens to what the customer wishes while making good suggestions from his perspective so the project turns out as expected. He hits his target as far as timing of the project and is fairly priced. I plan on using Dale on more projects.
I have taken one of Dale's woodworking classes and built a reproduction Stickley Sideboard. He is very knowledgeable and an excellent craftsman. He has extensive knowledge of arts and crafts furnitings. While I was at my class Dale had built some Green and Green interior doors for a client. They were aboslutely beautiful. Dale is very easy to work with and tells it straight. I would have no reservations contracting him for cabinetry, furniture or educational classes. I fully intend to learn from Dale again in the future.
I attended the woodworking school offered by Dale to make a Greene & Greene grandfather clock. The class was a blast and having the opportunity to work with Dale was tremendous, he shared many great techniques and jig designs. The pace required a few long days that might be exhausting for some; everyone in our class endured fine but we were tired many of the nights. I would highly recommend attending a class offered by Dale, he's entertaining, engaging, and fun to learn from.
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I have had Dale instruct me in 3 public classes and one private project class. He has taught me "the trade" of custom woodworking covering design, traditional joinery and period details. Dale also teaches how to maximize your time in the shop to get the most out of your efforts such as time and material saving techniques he has experienced over a lifetime of work. Dale was raised in a woodworking home and apprenticed under his father. Dale is also a student himself of the Arts and Crafts period of the decorative arts. This is seen in his range of class topics from wood to art glass, chairs to wall lighting sconces. His own interest centers on Greene and Greene reproductions. This has lead him to take the Greene Brother's style and make it his own to meet the modern needs of his customer's whether it is a new kitchen or exterior doors. But Dale is not limited to this one period or style. Dale complete at home in many periods and styles. I would recommend Dale to anyone wanting custom furnishings or wanting to learn the craft for themselves. Dale's work can be seen highlighted in many places. He can be seen in the PBS Modern Masters Series. He has articles in Popular Woodworking Magazine. His furniture has been seen in the homes of people who have been featured in Style 1900 Magazine. And his latest work is a 2-disk DVD entitled "Make a Greene & Greene Wall Cabinet" published by Popular Woodworking Magazine.
I have attended Dale's woodworking school and built 2 different projects (Greene and Greene wall sconces and a Craftsman Bow Arm chair) with him as well as a week of one-on-one shop time with Dale to build a pair of custom Craftsman vanities for our home. During my time in Dale's shop and staying at his Bed and No Breakfast, I have seen and examined dozens of pieces of furniture that he has built ranging from a $10.000 grandfather clock to simple foot stools. His work is nothing but the highest quality available anywhere in the country. His rates are quite reasonable for such high quality workmanship. His woodworking school is outstanding.
Dale made an absolutely exquisite Greene and Greene style desk which I bought as a present for my wife. The wood and craftsmanship is beautiful. And he even made a very special 'secret' customized for my wife. Really wonderful piece of art.
various pieces of custom furniture with special Indiana hardwood....trunks, dining table, desks, kitchen tables. Most were distressed to look like older pieces and were fantastic. Many had special hardware and other interesting features. Very, very happy with the work
Attended a class this professional taught.
I attended a nine day class with Dale Barnard in which I made a Greene and Greene style tall case clock. This was the best experience I have had as a woodworker. Dale is a craftsman with great skill and ability, and he possesses a fantastic design sense as well. He is very thorough in his teaching practices and is aware that not everyone is a craftsman like him. He helped me fix my "beginner's mistakes" on my project. The knowledge I walked away with is invaluable. The clock I walked away with will be passed down to future generations. I recommend this class, or any classes that Dale offers. Rick Willmore
Dale Barnard is a fine instructor with vast woodworking expertise. My wife and I attended the wall sconce/lantern class. She worked on the stained glass portion of the fixtures and I worked on the wood frame and housing. It was great fun and we truly learned a lot. I have also taken two other classes with Dale and intend to take more (time permitting). The clock making class was one - an extremely detail oriented class. The other was a finishing class. In my opinion, Dale approaches these classes with a goal of moving the student at a pace suitable to his or her skill level. We always felt challenged but never overwhelmed. We recommend Dale highly.