Iris gets a brother-Part 1

We recently shared a post about a dog sculpture we made as a birthday gift for a dear friend of ours that represented her amazing three legged dog.  At the same time we mentioned that we had been contemplating doing a bust of our beloved Iris for our own enjoyment.  Well, one thought led to another and the design process began:

As with all of our custom hardware pieces, the design process begins with a drawing. Unlike her predecessor, Brie, Iris is not want to sit still and pose so Martin was able to create a video and, along with the photographs, he was able to capture her sweet nature in his detailed drawing of Iris’ impressive head.

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Martin Pierce Hardware.

This was done on tracing paper which allowed Martin to roughly mark up the outline on each of the 4 pieces of walnut that would become the main section of her head.

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Martin Pierce Hardware

The other decision we had to make was what type of wood would best suit this sculpture. We decided on walnut as we found a nice board.  We cut it up and essentially created a rough block with 4 major joints and 2 very small additional joints for the ears. The ears were made from one block of wood cut in half so basically 5 pieces of walnut. The walnut was 8/4 walnut or 2″ thick.  As many of our readers know, raw wood used in furniture is bought and measured by the board foot and the thickness of wood is expressed as a fraction e.g. 6/4 being 1 ½”.  The board thickness is calculated by the width and length of board e.g. 8/4 x1’ x 8’ = 16  board feet.  If the thickness was 4/4 (i.e. 1”)  the calculation would be 4/4 x 1’ x 8’ = 8 bd ft.  Welcome back to algebra class!

We have been referring to this piece as “Iris’ brother”, in part because the sculpture is a tad larger than life size.  Oddly enough, Iris seems to recognize it as a dog’s head as she wags her tail and sniffs it every time she walks by.

Join us for part 2 of the story of Iris’ bust to see how five blocks of wood become a life-like version of our dog’s head.

To discuss your own custom piece or to view our entire collection of custom architectural hardware, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

 

 

 

 

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Custom hardware Hawaiian style

I have just one question for you—does this look like some place you would like to be right now?

Photo courtesy of Debbie Zylstra Martin Pierce Hardware

Photo courtesy of Debbie Zylstra
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This photo was sent to us by Deborah Zylstra of Zylstra Interiors.  You may recall from previous posts, we worked with her on selecting and developing just the right custom hardware that enhanced the design and style of the residence but also celebrated the incredible natural surroundings and Hawaiian culture.

Hawaiian bird knob from the Hawaiian custom hardware collection of Martin Pierce hardware

Hawaiian bird knob from the Hawaiian custom hardware collection of Martin Pierce hardware

In this close-up of the impressive entry doors you can see the cylindrical door pull from our Morphic collection, made even more special cast, per Debbie’s request, in white bronze.  When we saw this picture we initially thought the gardens beyond had been photoshopped into the photo when, in actuality, they are real.  That is a view I would never tire of!

Photo by Zylstra Interiors Martin Pierce Custom Hardware

Photo by Zylstra Interiors
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This door is obviously custom made but what makes it even more amazing is that if you look closely you will see that there is some lovely mahogany burl in the panels.  Simply beautiful!

You can view the Morphic collection or our entire selection of architectural hardware by visiting our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

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Leaves are falling at Martin Pierce

Even in sunny southern California we can feel subtle seasonal changes, especially during the fall season.  The days get shorter and the return of the marine layer adds a slight chill to the air.  We never tire of witnessing Mother Nature’s changes as fall flowers bloom and the trees begin to drop their leaves.  It provides the perfect opportunity for us to showcase our elegant and finely detailed leaf hardware that will add just a hint of nature to your residential and hospitality design projects.

From sycamore to oak to a delicate pear leaf, our Flora collection offers many nature inspired cabinet and drawer pulls.

Oak leaf drawer pull available at Martin Pierce Hardware

Oak leaf drawer pull available at
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sycamore leaf pull available at Martin Pierce Hardware

sycamore leaf pull available at Martin Pierce Hardware

pear leaf pull from Martin Pierce custom hardware

pear leaf pull from Martin Pierce custom hardware

and unusual or unique leaf shapes from other collections:

cabinet pull from our Vine collection in bronze finish Martin Pierce Hardware

cabinet pull from our Vine collection in bronze finish
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Display of Hedgerow collection at Folger & Burt

Display of Hedgerow collection at Folger & Burt

Willow collection from Martin Pierce custom hardware

Willow collection from Martin Pierce custom hardware

You can view our entire collection of nature inspired architectural hardware at http://www.martinpierce.com.

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Bigger is sometimes better with our newly sized cabinet pull

If you checked out our Latest News Section on the website then you already know that we are now offering a new edition to our Ergo collection—the 6″ wide Wave pull. Those designers who are familiar with this line are already aware of the 2″ and 3″ pull but there has been a real need for a bigger pieces that are scaled for larger cabinet doors and drawers.

I recently had the pleasure of working on a project in New York where we were being specified for many of our Ergo and Morphic pieces but the cabinet drawers simply cried out for a more robust, yet still elegant, Ergo wave. We considered a few possible sizes but decided on a 6”W x 1 1/2”D x 1”H.  Scaling a piece is not an easy task which may explain why it has taken us so long to bring out this piece but we think the wait has been worthwhile.  Designers and architects can now specify this piece that is being cast in either bronze or stainless steel, offering a good color range to suit their clients specific needs.

We have had a lot of fun photographing all the wave pieces that went into this upscale and delightful kitchen project and credit needs to be given to our wonderful photographer Doug Hill for having the imagination to arrange and photograph these pieces to show off their fluid and organic quality.

We would love to hear your comments on this new addition to our Ergo collection or, to view our entire collection of architectural hardware please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

A feast for the eyes:

Ergo collection from Martin Pierce custom hardware

Ergo collection from Martin Pierce custom hardware

Ergo in oil rubbed, bronze and stainless finish martin pierce hardware

Ergo in oil rubbed, bronze and stainless finish
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Ergo wave pull in stainless steel finish Martin Pierce Hardware

Ergo wave pull in stainless steel finish
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Martin Pierce has gone to the birds with our new sculpture

We recently teased you a bit with an introduction to a project Martin is working on that involves the design of a blue jay.

early carving of the Jay's wing Martin Pierce Hardware

early carving of the Jay’s wing
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To catch up you can view that introductory post here.

We are very happy to say that the jay wing carvings have now made it into wax, shown as the brown wing in the photo below. The wax wing was created by pouring wax into a rubber mold that we made around the grey pattern (carvings) that Martin sculpted. The pattern or carving in the photo above is beige in color, the natural color of basswood, but we then “paint” the pattern with a grey primer to fill in the grains and pores of the wood, giving us a smooth grey pattern and one without the distraction of wood grain. If we didn’t fill in the grain the end result would be a bronze casting with a visible and distracting wood grain.

As with all of our pieces, we will use  the lost wax method when creating the eventual bronze castings as this method allows us to capture the intricate details of the wings and bird.

body of bird wax mold

body of bird wax mold

grey pieced is wax mold

grey pieced is wax mold

This particular sculpture was not commissioned.  Rather, it is just a bird we see often and one that Martin really likes as they have a lot of character and are fun to watch.  We had originally thought of just having the wings as door pulls but decided to turn it into a complete sculpture that can be used as wall art, yet still offer the option of mounting it on the door as a pull.  We are also happy to announce that it will be available in a limited edition of 25 and we will keep you posted on the progress with future posts.

If you are interested in other architectural hardware pieces modeled after birds or would like to discuss a custom order for your next hospitality or residential project, please contact us or visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

 

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A new home for our iguana pull

It is always a thrill for us to see our pieces in place in their new home.  Such was the case when we received this photo of both our Iguana and Hawaiian Bird pulls in use on a custom armoire.

When we were contacted by Debbie Zylstra of Zylstra Interiors (in Kona Hawaii at the time but has since relocated her business to South Carolina) the challenge was to design a custom pull that was reflective of the native culture and tropical surroundings.  We chose to create a pull in the likeness of the whimsical Laysan Finch for the lower section of the built-ins.

Our Iguana pulls would be used to open the double doors in the upper portion.  Below is a rendering of Martin’s showing how he envisioned the pulls in use

Representation of how iguana door pull will look on closed doors by Martin Pierce Hardware

Representation of how iguana door pull will look on closed doors by Martin Pierce Hardware

and here is an actual picture of the completed project.

Custom built-ins designed by Zylstra Interiors Martin Pierce Hardware

Custom built-ins designed by Zylstra Interiors
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The Hawaiian bird pulls are used on the drawers and lower doors.  The polished bronze finish is the perfect compliment to the amazingly beautiful Koa wood that is accented with an ebony filet.

Bird pull from Hawaiian collection of architectural hardware from Martin Pierce

Bird pull from Hawaiian collection of architectural hardware from Martin Pierce

If you  have a residential or hospitality project that would be made more beautiful through the use of custom hardware or you would like to view our entire collection, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

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Gardens and hardware and family…oh my!

It is often a good thing and we are very fortunate to work with family members, especially when they live in the picturesque village of Pembridge, Herefordshire  which is where Martin’s brother Bob and his wife Carrie live.

Bob is an extremely talented graphic designer and a website designer.  He is the talent behind all three of the websites that have evolved into our current site. Thankfully, he not only has a fantastic eye for stylish and clear web design but he is technically savvy as well. This makes it possible for him to keep pace with the constant changes and updates we make to the web site so that it reflects all of our current pieces.

Carrie and Bob also happen to have a beautiful home and, lucky for us, a guest house, in this picturesque village which is where we often spend our summer holidays. Theirs is the perfect English garden complete with wall enclosure and pond.  Therefore, not surprisingly we thought it only fitting that they chose something from our hardware line for their new oak garden gate.

Do you recognize this piece?

grapevine pull from Martin Pierce Hardware

grapevine pull from Martin Pierce Hardware

It is from our Grapevine collection of architectural hardware and blends in perfectly with this beautiful English garden.

Now sit back and enjoy these beautiful pictures of the garden and quintessential English village.

A pond reminiscent of a Money painting. Martin Pierce Hardware

A pond reminiscent of a Monet painting.
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A chilly Christmas Eve in Pembridge.

Pembridge Martin Pierce Hardware

Pembridge,Herefordshire
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This village is beautiful in all seasons as you can see from this photo with red geraniums in full bloom.

East St in Pembridge, Herefordshire Martin Pierce Hardware

East St in Pembridge, Herefordshire
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Market Hall

Market Hall in Pembridge Martin Pierce Hardware

Market Hall in Pembridge
Martin Pierce Hardware

To view our entire collection of custom hardware, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

 

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