Benchmark means the standard by which all others are compared. Douglas R. Dimes started this collection with just a few pieces in 1989 and it has grown. Douglas P. Dimes was involved in the design of most of the pieces from the beginning and is now responsible for all furniture as President and Chief Designer. Through extensive research we identified the very best examples of a variety of forms and faithfully reproduced them. We use major museums as well as prominent antique dealers, auction houses and collectors as a source for the finest detail available. There are many extremely talented woodworkers but a true master craftsman is defined by not only the ability to execute a piece but first by the knowledge of what piece to make. This can only be achieved by years of scholarship and training.