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Workshop Lead Barrett Karber setting up the dovetail jig.

The original DBA Workshop—small but capable—was part of the Shotwell Design Lab. Image: Matthew Millman

DBA Workshop is a full-service wood and metal shop in our new DBA-OAK Oakland location. The Workshop provides support for our architectural design projects, and it's given us the capability to prototype our furniture and casework ideas directly.

The credenza for Hotel Healdsburg, face detail.

The credenza for Hotel Healdsburg, custom pull detail.

Hotel Healdsburg Prototype

We are designing a refresh for rooms at Hotel Healdsburg, our first hotel in Healdsburg, which we originally worked on more than 10 years ago.

These pieces are going in a prototype room to test before we roll out the remaining 55. The wood is California Bay Laurel from Evan Shively at Arborica in Sebastopol.

The credenza for Hotel Healdsburg finished at the original DBA Workshop.

h3hotel TABLE

This is a prototype of the new custom table for H3 Hotel.

Initial prototype for an original design of a table for H3 GuestHouse, the newest star in the Hotel Healdsburg hospitality constellation.

Steel legs ready to go on a series of side tables we fabricated for Bayview Hill Gardens.

BAYVIEW END TABLE

Brit Epperson of DBA designed this side table system for Bayview Hill Gardens, affordable housing for formerly homeless that we designed.  

Custom end tables for Bayview Hill Gardens. Image: Matt Edge

Gluing up a frame for the new sliding door at h2hotel.

Applying the no-VOC sustainable finish the new h2hotel door made of local elm.

h2hotel BARN DOOR

We designed and fabricated this 12 foot high by 7 foot wide sliding door for the H2 Hotel meeting room. It's made from urban harvest California elm. Barrett Karber did a great job on this complex project.

The clamp rack.

Tools on the workbench at DBA Workshop.

The original DBA Workshop—small but capable—was part of the Shotwell Design Lab. Image: Matthew Millman

Salvage elm on the way to becoming the fractal side table.

The clamp rack.

Tools on the workbench at DBA Workshop.

Workshop Lead Barrett Karber setting up the dovetail jig.

Initial prototype for an original design of a table for H3 GuestHouse, the newest star in the Hotel Healdsburg hospitality constellation.

We're designing a table for the newest star in the Hotel Healdsburg constellation, H3. Image: Sarah Lueck DBA

Applying the no-VOC sustainable finish the new h2hotel door made of local elm.

Gluing up a frame for the new sliding door at h2hotel.

The h2hotel sliding barn door being installed.

Custom end tables for Bayview Hill Gardens. Image: Matt Edge

Steel legs ready to go on a series of side tables we fabricated for Bayview Hill Gardens.

Pieces for the GRAND TABLE strut leg system before assembly.

The credenza for Hotel Healdsburg finished at the original DBA Workshop.

The credenza for Hotel Healdsburg, face detail.

The credenza for Hotel Healdsburg, custom pull detail.

The credenza for Hotel Healdsburg, finished at the original DBA Workshop.

End tables for Onizuka Crossing.

Barrett Karber, DBA Workshop Lead. Image: Anne Hamersky