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Stop by Dovetail Gallery and have a conversation with President Gary Cacchione. It won’t take long to discover his love for woodworking and enthusiasm for the arts. Jokingly, Cacchione refers to himself as a “wood doctor” since his mother had wanted him to become a medical doctor. But Cacchione made the right choice by embracing his long-time ambition: woodworking. The creative interiors designed by Cacchione and Dovetail Gallery can be seen from Madeline Albright’s office in DC to the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas – and even along Park Avenue in New York City.

Dovetail Gallery provides high-quality architectural millwork, creating interior wood furniture and fixtures for a wide variety of commercial clients nationwide. Over the years, they have developed a reputation for their production and installation of exceptional woodwork at a fast pace. Current business includes custom orders for all types of commercial buildings, such as restaurants, hotels, offices, museums, and hospitals. However, Dovetail is relentlessly expanding – plans are in the works to develop a custom furniture line.

The advantage for clients who work with Dovetail Gallery is their agile method of production and design. They do not just handle straightforward millwork production, for example manufacturing 100 cabinets a day. Instead, they build custom millwork interiors, each job requiring different skills, materials and production methods. From huge ceiling trellises to cooper columns to custom curved wall panels and even a mechanized 10-foot tall toy duck with five baby ducks for a parade, Dovetail is constantly expanding its production capacity and the skills of its employees beyond just working with wood. They are known for thinking outside of the box.

Cacchione credits this agility and flexibility in production to his employees. He likes to say, “Its not any of our equipment; it’s our employees.” He justifies this by saying that he can always find a machine but not skilled craftspeople. Dovetail works closely with surrounding universities in an effort to find prospective talent. They are currently working with the Woodworking/Furniture Design Program at Edinboro University to find and foster talented woodworkers in their own backyard.

Cacchione dreams of establishing a foundation with his daughter, Orianna, to bring together his practical knowledge, international designers and local Erie manufactures. “Erie has a great deal of potential when it comes to design and the arts, we hope to begin to capitalize on this in innovative ways” says Cacchione.

“I envision art as a stimulus for the Erie area, and I am proud to invest in the local art scene. I regularly support local artists,” says Cacchione. Cacchione recently partnered with artist, David Seitzinger for the Giant Quacker Project, a Pop Art sculpture exhibited at the ArtPrize 2013 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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