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Custom Gates Born of Salvaged Building Materials


Gates made from salvaged building materials – reclaimed Douglas fir, carved panels from antique cabinet doors and hammered salvaged tin panels – for a Northern New Mexico property.


Site for entry gate in Abiquiu, New Mexico



I have another set of gates to share. These are going to Abiquiu, New Mexico (entry gate site shown above), a little less than an hour north of Santa Fe. The area is probably most famous as inspiration for some of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings. Here are six seconds from my phone after we had passed the most jaw dropping scenery and I switched to the passenger seat to take pictures.


Abiquiu Video Clip for Blog


The scenery there is absolutely stunning, with peach and sage mountainsides and very often, clear blue sky studded with fluffy white clouds. Not coincidentally, the gates are sage green with peach accents.


10509-01 Antique Cabinet Doors with Carved Panels


The first of the two gates was crafted using antique cabinet doors with carved panels and reclaimed Douglas fir. The gates are edged, top and bottom with salvaged tin that has been hammered flat and “quilted” with tiny nails.


Detail of salvaged tin trim on gate made with antique carved panels


The gate has a cast bronze entry set with a lever handle, by Hardware Renaissance.


10509-01 Entry Gate


The back of the gate also has a foot bolt.




This is the site for the walkway gate. I guessed that it had something to do with a dog, and those furry little legs in the background confirm this is probably true.


10509-02 Walkway Gate


Our final image is the finished walkway gate. It is made with salvaged Douglas fir. It is trimmed, top & bottom, with the quilted reclaimed tin, fitted with custom grillwork, and shares the hand rubbed sage patina.


10509-02 Gate Front



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