DAB or Dabber began as a term of endearment, based on my initials, from my family members. Later, in my adult life, it became something easy to remember to call me on the job site, because itís what I write on my hardhat, lunchbox, welding hood, and tools. And, itís better than Doug, Dan, Dave or Bill, which is what people usually call me when they are first learning my name. I guess ďDaleĒ is a tough one.
I was born and raised in Southern California, living in Lakewood for 38 years until moving to Chino. Iím a pipe fitter by trade and by choice. As such, Iíve been fabricating and welding most of my life and Iíve loved doing it. Itís what defines me. So itís not hard for me to come home from working all day, spend time with my family, and then go out to the garage and go back to ďworkĒ.
It wasnít until a couple years ago that I began applying my skills to something that I could do for me. Some of these ideas and designs have been in my head for a long time and itís good to finally see them in steel. A lot of people seem to enjoy them as well.
Flames, skulls and redÖ Youíre going to see these things a lot in what I do. Itís not just in the things I fabricate, but in my life as well. All the furniture in my den is red and has flames sewn into the material. There are skulls on the shelves and the entire room is painted red. During Christmas, I get my own tree, only itís decorated with skulls and skeletons, red lights and red ornaments. But donít let it throw you if you see flowers or butterflies Ďcause I like those things too.
If youíre thinkiní that thereís something that youíd like to have made exclusively for yourself, for your home, contact me. I always say, "If you can imagine it, I can fabricate it". Dale Bernier