Date: Friday, August 24th from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Session Code: MFG15
Sponsored by: KCD Software
Presented by: Cabinet Makers Association - CMA
• Chris Dehmer, Managing Partner: Darkhorse Woodworks
• Shelley Wehner, Co-Owner: Cabinet Concepts by Design
• Joe Knobbe, Senior Project Manager: Exclusive Woodworking, Inc.
Congratulations –you got that fancy modern job! Now how are you going to produce it? This lively panel discussion will feature experts from three cabinet shops that do modern work, explaining their methods and tricks for executing award-winning modern cabinetry and millwork. They will share techniques for selling, designing, manufacturing and installing modern-style frameless cabinets.
About the Speakers:
Wood-working is in Chris Dehmer’s DNA. His great-grandfather was a German wood-worker who immigrated to the United States late in the 19th century. Wood-working has been a lifelong passion for Chris, stretching all the way back to childhood, when he spent hours with his grandfather in his workshop. (For a 5-year-old, filing a piece of scrap wood into a pile of sawdust was truly exciting.)
Chris, a native of Fayetteville, NC, built commissioned pieces for nearly 25 years, moonlighting while working day jobs in the technology and construction management industries.
Then, nearly a decade ago, he decided it was time for a change and turned his wood-working side line into a full-time endeavor: Dark Horse Woodworks opened in 2007 in the Metropolitan Business and Arts District, a historic warehouse complex that has been transformed into a thriving center for art studios, galleries and workshops.
The company has come a long way since its beginning in a 220-square-foot home garage; after several moves to increasingly larger spaces, Dark Horse is now headquartered in a 7,000-square-foot space – something that seemed unimaginable back in those early garage days.
Dark Horse specializes in the design and hand-crafting of custom cabinetry and one-of-a-kind furniture for some of the most creative and discerning clients in the Southeast. Chris and his team have extensive experience crafting many styles, but most of their work is focused on contemporary and modern designs for kitchens, living areas, bathrooms, libraries and beyond.
The company’s collaborations with innovative design and architecture firms have led to awards as well as coverage in national publications such as Dwell magazine and The New York Times. A number of the homes Dark Horse has worked on have been featured on the Modern Atlanta tour in recent years.
Chris’s past experience project-managing commercial construction projects and working in the Internet/technology sector have had a major influence on the way that he runs his business. For example, he has made several major strategic decisions to invest in S2M software and equipment that would enable Dark Horse to work more efficiently and maintain its commitment to quality and old-school workmanship.
Chris is committed to staying ahead of the curve to meet the expectations of the ever-modernizing design and building fields; in August 2015, Dark Horse acquired Zero-Edge Technology to produce cabinetry and furniture components with seamless edges – a game-changer for the company and the industry as a whole.
Shelley Wehner co-owns and has operated Cabinet Concepts by Design for the last 10 years with her husband Matt Wehner.
Joe Knobbe began his woodworking career in the late 70’s apprenticing under a master cabinet maker. After becoming a journeyman he grew through the ranks to become Senior Project Manager for Exclusive Woodworking. A large Residential Architectural Woodworking firm founded in 1983 by brothers John and Doug Durbin.
Throughout his career he has helped keep Exclusive Woodworking on the cutting edge of technology and also helped them become a well-respected company in the greater Chicagoland Area. He has been instrumental in helping the company grow over the years and broaden its reach by finding and nurturing relationships in the design community. He has many years of experience in finding the people who best fit the business model Exclusive Woodworking promotes and has developed a knack for keeping and growing those relationships.
In 2008 Joe was elected to the Cabinet Makers Association Board of Directors. He’s also served on a number of successful committees. In the spring of 2010 He was elected President of the CMA a position that he held until the spring of 2012 when he was elected Secretary
Other Sessions from CMA:
BMG25 - Working with Architects and Designers
BMG26 - Building a Valuable Business
BMG27 - The Art of Pricing Profitably
BMG29 - The Power of Leadership: Keeping Employees Inspired for the Long Run
BMG30 - Buying that Big Machine
MFG12 - Boundry - Pushing with Your Nested-Based Router
MFG14 - Robots in the Small to Medium-Sized Shop
MFG16 - Transitioning to In-House Finishing – Profitably
MFG17 - LEAN Strategies for Small Shops