Del Craft, an old-style craftsman
I have enjoyed working with wood for over 50 years and still have fun doing it. Purposely, the shop is a small, one-man operation, located in Denver, Colorado. There is no desire to become a large assembly line type operation, where short cuts have to be taken to make a quick dollar.
Due to the unique nature of hand crafted woodworking, no two items are identical. Variations in each piece reflect the master craftsman creativity. If you would like to have a custom item made, such as a bookcase, entertainment center, hutch, jewelry box, hope chest, blanket chest or whatever your heart desires, just let me know. Custom woodworking is my business.
Quality is "my" Craft
In all my years of wood working experience, not one single item has come apart because of poor design or craftsmanship. If one of my items should, I will gladly repair or replace it free of charge.
When making an object out of wood you must plan for, and allow for, the natural movement of wood, expansion and contraction, depending on the heat and humidity of the area. Nails and screws will become loose over time due to this movement. So NO NAILS OR SCREWS are used. Instead, "Joinery" is used, which means the joints are carefully cut to join the piece and hold itself together with only a minimal amount of glue. (Try to find that type of quality at the large furniture showrooms!).
The use of stains or dyes, and man made sheet stock (such as Plywood, MDF or Veneer) are avoided as much as possible. Most items are finished with just a clear urethane or clear lacquer finish allowing the natural beauty of the wood to shine through. This method produces stunning results.
When making an item, it is with the thought that it will be used on a regular basis and remains in great shape for years to come. I take great pride in knowing that my crafted pieces will be your family's heirlooms.
With all this said, perhaps you will understand why my prices may be a bit more than what you would pay for a similar appearing item in a store. I am reminded of what John Ruskin wrote many years ago
There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper and the people who consider price only, are this mans lawful prey.