For more than 25 years I have been working with wood in one way or another. Early items I made, like my workbench, are still used daily. I was trained in engineering by serving an apprenticeship as a machinist at a Swiss company. This evolved into more than sixteen years of draughting and machine design.This experience helps me every day in my woodworking to design furniture,work accurately, make jigs and maintain the machinery and hand tools.
Over the last ten years I have been building a workshop that has been planned for making studio furniture. It is and will forever be in a state of change and improvement, my techniques change, new machinery is required and more space is needed. But so much better than all my previous workshops put together.
Each item of Dinkelacker Furniture incorporates the most appropriate and time proven traditional joinery using a combination of modern machinery and hand tools.
Traditional joinery is possible only with considerable hand tool skills, time and patience. This results in light but strong furniture that will last for generations and have the details and quality only achievable by hand craft. This I really believe in and often there will be an easier or quicker way of constructing furniture but I am passionate about doing it the correct way.
All my furniture is finished with varieties of hand-rubbed Danish Oil. This is a durable finish that penetrates the wood, protecting it and enhancing the colour and grain without hiding the feel and texture. This is the easiest finish to maintain long term. In time the colours and patina of the piece will improve. You will notice beautiful patterns in the wood, and be surprised by little treasures in the details of the joinery.
Today it is rare to know who it was that actually made something. It is rarer still to have only one person involved from beginning to end. With my furniture it is so. You will talk to me, Pete in person, to discuss what you would like and arrange the making of it.