For me, one of the perks of traveling on business is that sometimes, after hours, I can fit in a visit to an American manufacturer in the area. Recently, I was in Indianapolis and had the opportunity to meet Wes Dalgo and Josh Ford, partners in Wes Dalgo Custom Furniture and Decor.A piece of Machine Age history becomes a unique kitchen island.
Wes used to be a hobby furniture maker with a day job in marketing. When he was downsized and looking for a new job, he decided to make a few pieces of furniture to see if he could sell them. Not only did his furniture sell, but people started coming to him with requests for custom work.
Teaberry Blossom Red and Golden Oak Bakers Cabinet.
When, in 2010, the time came to make a decision on returning to work, Wes realized he had a solid enough base to launch a business instead.Industrial Machine Age Farmhouse Coffee Table
The first pieces were sold on Craigslist, then on Etsy, then eBay. With the addition of Josh (who also had a Marketing background) the Wes Dalgo web site was launched in 2012. They called their style “rustic urban,” an imaginative style that’s far more authentic and artistic than the cookie cutter “American industrial” furniture coming out of China.
Above is an Industrial Farmhouse Solid wood Kitchen Island Finished in Antique White and Aged Nickel.
What is so nice about the pieces are that they are made from 100% real wood (pine, oak, poplar and reclaimed) and designed to be passed on to the next generation.
Today, there are three other employees building furniture and an office manager that keeps the rest of the business moving forward. The business is expanding to a new showroom in the June/July timeframe in Clermont. One of the goals is to bring in other artists making handmade goods that will complement the furniture.
Farmhouse style sliding barn door sideboard media cabinet.
What really impressed me was that Wes and Josh really want their custom designs to be heavily influenced by the customer. All preliminary sketches are done in pencil in anticipation of customer changes. Some might think you need to have a CAD (Computer Aided Design) program but, by the looks of the pieces I saw, both in-person and on the website, pencil and paper work just fine.