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Dale Holub - Owner. I began my woodworking career as a student in the Industrial Arts program at San Francisco State College in 1970. While the program was directed more toward teaching, there was enough hands-on technical training to excite me with the possibilities of designing and building furniture. Two of the instructors there were leading experts in the field of furniture design - John Kassay, a master of Shaker furniture, and Art Espenet Carpenter, a pioneer, and mentor to many, in the popular movement of contemporary hardwood furniture. I was greatly inspired while studying under these men, gradually began acquiring tools and equipment of my own, and taking on commissions for custom furniture pieces. In these early years, I also spent some time working in commercial shops which furthered my appreciation and respect for quality craftsmanship. In 1975, I was admitted to the Baulines Crafts Guild as a Master of furniture making - inspiring me even further, being exposed to other gifted artists - and began taking on apprentices of my own, while I continued to develop my skills as a woodworker.

As time went on, the scope of our projects expanded and I gained valuable experience building a variety of different furniture, custom cabinetry, and architectural pieces. This helped me both as a designer and a craftsman and, as my career progressed, I became committed to taking on only the kinds of projects that demanded high quality woodwork. In addition, I learned how to work with designers, contractors and clients through the design process; often starting in the ‘old space’ or an empty one, and working with them to develop their ideas into a completed project.

Much of our business now is in the remodeling field and we have developed relationships with the area’s top architects, builders and designers. I have learned so much on these projects that has only enriched my sensibilities about design and construction. As we have built many spectacular kitchens, custom wood interiors, and other unique furniture pieces and projects, there remains the strong emphasis on high quality and an ultimate regard for fine craftsmanship and structural integrity. As I draw and detail each and every one of our projects, I am able to apply these acquired skills to those designs and contribute to a satisfying and successful outcome. Much of our work comes from past clients, their friends, and general contractors with whom we have established solid working relationships. We’ve earned a great reputation for the high quality of our work, the outstanding service we provide, and the pride and responsibility we take from the beginning, right to the end of the projects we are asked to do.

Ph 415.456.1772
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97 Jordan Street
San Rafael, Ca 94901

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