The Scale



Dorsett Publications, LLC.

Where Great Modeling Starts....

Dorsett Publications is, by miniatures standards, an old company. Started by Jim and Helen Dorsett in 1961, Dorsett Miniatures specialized in Victorian models for doll collectors, and published their first one-twelfth scale how-to book, the first of its kind, in 1963, The Cabinetmaker's Guide to Dollhouse Furniture. In 1976, when they began publishing The Scale Cabinetmaker, they renamed the company to Dorsett Publications. The Scale Cabinetmaker focused on plans, patterns, and the techniques essential to the miniature hobby. In 1996, after 20 years of publishing TSC, Jim retired, although he continued to produce new books and started working on the re-release of TSC on cd-rom. In 2006, the company was reincorporated as Dorsett Publications, LLC. Fifty years after Helen first stepped into the publishing industry, we are still a family-owned company.

We pride ourselves in releasing quality miniature plans, patterns, and technique publications. In an essay "Why Scale?", published in the first issue of TSC, Jim defined the mission for both The Scale Cabinetmaker and Dorsett Publications. He often said that he and Helen started the journal as an answer to the age old assumption that "men don't play with dollhouses and women don't use tools."

Since its founding, we have published materials on everything from building Victorian furniture to building power supplies to caning. We invite you to spend some time exploring the website, download a sample project, read the essays on scale modelling, and, if you are new to miniatures, pick up an x-acto knife and join the fun.

Meghan Dorsett, Publisher




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