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Fresh out of the shops – beautiful hand carved doors, custom kitchen design, barn sliding doors, custom kitchen cabinetry, front entry with surround, custom shelving and more10050-01-Totem

I am still gathering photos of some of the fab pieces that have been coming out of the shop of late (though, at this point, getting less late), but in the last week and a half or so, we have had a little flash flood of installation photos sent to us by clients. With my TO-DO list, as with the victuals in my pantry, I try to maintain a LIFO system, but the length of my TO-DO and the lure of new photos sometimes make me digress in a FIFO direction, and I couldn’t resist slipping in another blog post of installation photos.  I want to thank everyone who took the time to send us their photos.  It means a lot to us to see the truly finished pieces, installed and as they will be used.

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The first photo, though small, is fairly clear, and it features doors that were highlighted in the August 28th posting, Some of the Latest & Greatest.  We did a series of doors with beautifully hand-carved panels for our clients’ dining room – the double doors that you see here, and a set of two single doors, one of which is pictured.

9931-01-2Here is a photo of Julian, carving one of the panels for the door, and then the door as it awaits finishing.

9931-01-10The doors are just stunning,

9931-01-Doors-Front9931-02-Door-2of2and though they won’t be seen a lot, since I think they are closet, as opposed to pass-though doors (confirmed by the absence of handles), the backs of the doors are beautiful as well, with that warm, wood finish.

9931-01-Doors-Back9931-02-Door 2 of 2 BackIf you would like to see more of the photos of the making of the doors, you can click here.  And here is the photo enlarged, so you can see more detail, if you click on it, though it does suffer some in the process.


Next up, we have a door that was also featured in the same blog entry, and as suspected, the peaked surround really sets it apart.

9905-01-Door InstallHere are some photos that were taken prior to the finishing process, just to keep the clients apprised of the progress.

9905-01-Door-Front9905-01-Door-BackI think the photo below, in particular, is interesting because it helps to visualize the installation.

9905-01-Door-AngleEverything is being held together by, I am guessing by the neatly pressed shirt, Antonio.  He is holding the surround sides together, that are sandwiching the door.  As opposed to a jamb, which is installed with the door, into the wall, the surround will be mounted on the exterior and interior walls.  And then here we have the completed door, without the surround, with finish and hardware of an entry set, clavos and door knocker.

9965-01-Door-Front9965-01-Door-BackFor your comparing pleasure now, the finished door with the surround, to see how that surround steps the game up a notch.

9905-01-Door-with-Casing9905-01-Door-with-Casing-BackInteresting, no?  And then, the installation photo of the back of the door, from the inside of the house.  Yummy!


From doors, we move on to railings. These were the finished product photos that I had processed when they came out of the metal shop.

8715-01-Railing Piece 4 of 7 8715-01-Railing-piece-3 of 7 8715-01-Railing-piece-2 of 7 8715-01-Railing-piece-1 of 7You can see that the pieces have beautiful lines and curves, but it is difficult to visualize how it all goes together.  Installation photos to the rescue!  These, by Keith Clark, really nicely illustrate the sweeping form of the stair rail, and the nice, open feel of the catwalk railing.

8715-01-Handrail 8715-01-Handrail 8715-01-Handrail 8715-01-Handrail 8715-01-HandrailThis last installation photo even shows the odd bump that I thought indicated they had photographed the piece upside down, but here I can see that it forms the transition at the staircase landing to the catwalk railing.

Now we get to see a fabulous new custom kitchen.  Here, again, we only received one photo, but I think it nicely shows how all the cabinets and island came together, working with the elements of the room.

9822-01-04-KitchenThe kitchen cabinet finish goes nicely with the pale stone columns on either side of the island, and we also see what I was talking about in a past entry, that two-tone kitchens are hot now.  Very often they feature contrasting light and dark colors, and in this kitchen we have the white cabinetry with the dark brown countertops and a dark table.  I love the flooring, which looks like poured, polished, colored concrete, and the angled ceiling, which I think is aged corrugated tin.  Not sure.  When I tried to lighten the photo to see detail there, the pixels just flew from the screen.  Below are the cabinets when they came out of the finish shop.

9822-01-04-CabinetsUnfortunately, in the installation photo we are not able to see what part the round table plays in all of this.  The island has generous seating, so I am not sure if the table is used as a work surface, or is maybe outside the area of the cabinets, in a breakfast nook or something.  Here are some more photos of the cabinets as they came out of the finish shop, which I think will help to identify the pieces seen in the photo.

9822-01-04-CabinetsHere we have the cabinets seen on the left wall in the photo, with the space for the microwave oven.  This is a better photo of the the lower portion of that cabinet that you can see in more detail if you click on the photo.

9822-01-Cabinet-BP1I love the knobs.  They look a bit like orbs, but they are actually rounded caps, with edging.  Here we have one of the upper cabinets that are wall mounted on either side of the cook wall cabinets, seen in the middle of the install photo.

9822-02-Cabinet-BC3This is the cook top cabinet, which I am guessing has a six burner range set into it.

9822-02-Cabinet-BC4Here we have the double oven cabinet that is to the right of the cook top.

9822-02-CabinetThis is the back of the island,

9822-01-04-Cabinetswhich features this is a handy cabinet, on the left.


9822-03-Cabinet-BS3It has a pull out garbage and recycling station, utility drawer, and a narrow pull out pantry cabinet, often used for spices, cooking oil and the like, but where it is featured, I am guessing might be used for cleansers, waste basket liners and other cleaning supplies.

9822-04-Table-TopAnd here is the mystery table.  I love the zig-zagging, rick rack-like edging underneath the table top and the shelf below.  The overhang of the table top is not extensive, so it might just be that it is meant as a work surface, or to serve a purpose other than seating.

9822-01-04-KitchenI cropped the photo to maybe make the details a little clearer.  The stove hood has really discrete lines that don’t compete with the cabinetry, and the red tiled backsplash for the stove is a great bold accent.  Really nicely done, and it is great to see it completed and installed!


Next we have an interesting and versatile piece.  The client brought us the antique panel seen below, and Scott designed it as a sliding door for a television cabinet.

9701-01-OP-DoorThe panel needed to be larger, so it was fleshed out and edged with additional antique carved material, which kind of mimics the edging of the original panel.  The finish was lightened from an almost black brown to a warmer brown.  I am imagining that matching the finish wasn’t easy.

9701-01-Door DetailThe original carved panel looks to me as though it is a very hard wood, which would absorb color in a different way than the presumably softer wood used to extend the panel, but match it they did, and the original panel looks a natural part of the completed, larger panel.

9701-01-Shelves-FrontHere are the shelves before the grillwork was installed on the lower cupboard doors.  You can see the substantial thickness of the shelves, as well as the depth.

9701-01-ShelvesIn the photo above, the door is slid to the open position, as it would be when viewing the television and/or using the electronics below.  I like this photo because you can see the barn sliding rollers and rail at the top of the cabinet.  This is before the hardware was finished in a kind of rust patina that goes better with the wood finish, but in its unfinished state, it is easier for us to see the detail of how the hardware works.  In the photo below, the panel is closed, you can see the rollers a little better, and you can see how the slider rail extends beyond the cabinet.

9701-01-ShelvesYou can also see the work Antonio and Miguel put in to getting the finished photos, sometimes having to build supports to show how things work (and, as we have seen, sometimes hiding behind things to hold them up, or hold them together…).  Whether it is setting up a barn sliding door, or putting together a heavy timber trellis, as you can see in the older blog/wp-content/uploads post, Installation Happiness, part one from last April, they sometimes end up doing construction to get the photos!

9701-01-CabinetAnd now we get to see the installation photos, with the shelving lighting in action!  Here it is open for using the television and electronics.  The new giant flat screens are great and quite versatile, but if not corralled behind something, they tend to dominate the room as a big, black void when not in use.  When the flat screens first started coming out, I was envisioning big demand for a whole new line of LPO product – fancy frames, wall mounted doors, clever ways of disguising them when they are not in use, but aside from regular television cabinets, there hasn’t been a whole lot of that going on.

9701-01-CabinetAnd then here, we have the cabinet closed.  I would have been very interested to see more of this photo because I would like to see how the barn track that extends to the right of the cabinet looks when the door is closed, particularly with the light color of the walls.  I think my inclination would be to use it as a framing element of sorts, for art mounted on the wall below it.


And now for something completely different:  Our final installation photos involve a healing platform ladder from the Choco Indians of Panama.  Here is a link to The Indians of Central and South America: An Ethnohistorical Dictionary by James Stuart Olson, if you would like a brief description of them (page 90, if it doesn’t take you directly).  Huts are built on stilts as protection from rain and animals of the rain forest.  Ladders are used to access the huts – they are not climbed straight up, but leaned into the hut, so the result is rather like a combination of stairs and ramp.  You can see the plain ladders in use in this video clip for a documentary on the Choco Indians of Columbia.  Special trees are saved and used for the ladders to the medicine man’s healing platform.

The life energy of the tree is carved into the face on top of the ladder, as it expresses the power in the tree.  Scott visited the San Blas Islands and the Darien rainforest, between Panama and Columbia, in the 1990’s, and they floated this particular ladder behind their canoe, out of the rain forest.  It is interesting to me that the face looks very different, from different angles.

Our client picked it out as a surprise gift for her husband, and was pleased to pull the whole thing off.

10050-01-Effigy-3 ViewsThe base was trimmed and we built a supporting stand, and off he went to Colorado.

10050-01-LoadedOf the little flash flood, these were the last installation photos I received, and so they are the LIFO-est and it is appropriate to end with them.  The client writes:  “From every window and from the pool we see the head or body peeking in, bringing good energy.  I love this totem.  At night Effigy matches the rough texture of the palms which are line up and also lit up – all in all magnificent”.

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