Wednesday
Oct292008

Frist Loft

This loft has a mahogany barrel vaulted ceiling with over two hundred raised panels. Also included in the room are two mahogany air-conditioning vents and twelve removable panels for seasonal artwork. The curve of the ceiling continued to the floor below to go full circle. The space below is to be used as a plate rack.

The room also featured a pair of radius windows. The ceiling had to be fitted by hand to the fireplace.

 Also in this house are about seventy feet of straight handrailing, and the handrailing for a spiral staircase. You can see construction details on this particular spiral staircase in the "How We Do It" section.

Wednesday
Oct292008

Trinity Church Transoms

This was a wonderful project. While Wally was building cabinetry for the job, Marc fabricated and carved 7 gothic transoms for Trinity Church at the foot of Broadway in New York.
The anti rooms were dark and working with the New York Historical Society we designed new interior sash to replace the solid panels above the doors. The originals had carved sash on the outside applied to solid panels (as seen in the first picture above).
Working with solid white oak the sub frames were built and carved, then the “rope” molding was carved and applied. Interior casings and drip sills were also made.
On site, the existing panels were cut out and routed to accept ½” thermopane glass, which was sandwiched between the old and new.
There were so many hand cut nails in the panels, several router bits were destroyed in the process.
It broke our hearts to see this wonderful old historic church covered in ashes after the attacks of 9/11/01.

Tuesday
Oct282008

Curved Handrails

Most companies now use laminated bendable material to make spiral staircase handrailing. We still make ours using traditional methods, and it makes a big difference in the end product. See how this was done in the "How We Do It" section. More pictures of this railing are located in the "Loft" section under "Our Work". Also to the right is a hand carved vollute in antique longleaf yellow pine.

Tuesday
Oct282008

Oak Newel Posts and Stair Treads

This staircase features quarter-sawn oak stair treads and several hand carved newel posts. The newel posts were carved to match a house in Memphis.

Tuesday
Oct282008

Mahogany Library

This two-story library features quilted Honduran mahogany panels, ebonized walnut columns, a bookcase bench with coopered ends, and two credenzas with gaboon ebony inlays