Next up is the amazing Whovian cabinet maker, Gary Dorr, of Tardis Cabinets. Today he’ll show off his incredible talent, talk to us about #DoctorWho, and prove that sooner, or later, you’re going to need a TARDIS.
Hello, and thank you, Mackenzie.
Question 1) What part of the world do you come from?
Beautiful Eugene, Oregon
Question 2) When did you become a fan of Doctor Who?
In my college days, in Boulder, CO. way back in 1975. The show was followed by a devoted few and broadcast on the local Public Broadcasting Station in the afternoons.
Question 3) Who is your Doctor?
My FIRST Doctor was Tom Baker, still love him, but “Who” is my Doctor is sort of the answer to the question for me. My Doctor is the current Doctor.
Question 4) How did you get into woodworking?
An art school background made me interested in many mediums but I gravitated to wood. Carving and cabinet making as a hobby for a long time before offering my builds to the public.
Question 5) What inspired you to craft Tardis cabinets and boxes?
A natural, really. A Whovian cabinet maker, what would he build? My first few TARDISes were for myself. A 3/4 scale book cabinet, a wine cabinet, a table lamp.
Friends told me, as they do, to sell these. My home WAS becoming crowded with blue boxes, so I set up shop.
Question 6) What process goes into selecting the wood and paint?
All my builds are solid wood, and the painted boxes are Poplar, Birch, and Hemlock for straightness of grain. I will occasionally build a natural hardwood cabinet, such as “The Rosewood” Jewelry Cabinet.
The paint color varies as does the colors of the various Doctor’s boxes. I do my very best to match the selected Doctor’s hue.
Question 7) How long does it typically take for you to make one of these cabinets?
Question 8) Do you handle special requests?
Yes, from small additions like a custom message, to full builds. A limitation to big builds is the shipping cost.
Question 9) Are there other Doctor Who items have you crafted?
Yes, you can find in my online shop a River Song’s Diary Keepsake Box and a “Power of Three” inspired Black Cube Jewelry/Gift Box
Question 10) How did you react when you learned about Keith’s marriage proposal to Sarah at Awesome Con in the presence of David Tennant, Catherine Tate and John Barrowman?
I was thrilled! I wish I had been there. I knew in advance the groom-to-be was going to attempt this, but the photos, and David’s reaction to the TARDIS Ring Box was great.
Question 11) Are there any other cool stories like this you would like to share?
I have many clients write with their, and their loved one’s reactions. Here are the reviews and stories.
Question 12) Is there something you would like to craft, but haven’t yet?
Oh yes! So many things!
Question 13) Where can others find out more about you and your work?
Thank you for asking, www.tardiscabinets.com
Thank you again, Gary! Fans, please make sure to check out his website, and stay tuned next week when I sit down with Jeremy Wheeler from The Blue Box Alliance to talk about Doctor Who cosplay, fan-films, comic con and much more!