Gates, Railings, Handrails and Fences
Several of these pieces have been built in association with Dillman-Luvaas Architects in Richland, Tri-City Fabricating in Kennewick and 47 Productions in Seattle. Others are entirely of my own design and work. Unless otherwise noted, these were all made for private residences in Richland, Kennewick and Pasco .
- Outdoor Gate with fence and lock in the courtyard of the Dillman-Luvaas Architects' office in Richland. These are a very traditional style and incorporate traditional construction techniques such as; elements shaped by forging, riveting through punched holes, and forge welds. It is through the use of such construction techniques that the blacksmith can add a great deal of interesting detail to a piece.
- Outdoor Gate at the top of a set of stairs leading to a fish pond, these gates have a very standard straight picket structure overlaid with a contemporary decoration of vines, leaves and flowers.
- Indoor Gate at the top of a flight of stairs.
- Driveway Gate. Private residence, Seattle area. Here is a Detail.
- Garden Gate.
- Interior Railing. Art nouveau with wood handrail. This railing includes a grand, sweeping Staircase and Balconies. Its design is based on an element from the stained glass window in the home's entryway. It was pleasing to bring the design throughout the house with the railing. Here's a closer view of the grand Stair.
- Interior Railing. Traditional scroll-work style, the thickness of the stock giving it a very substantial feel. This railing surrounds a stairwell and includes a gate at the top of the stairs. The design is evocative of two heavy ironwork tables that the homeowner has in the house.
- Interior Railing. Traditional Scroll-work style with a wood hand rail.
- Interior Railing. Also a very simple traditional Scroll-work style, but in this case the smaller size of the stock gives it a light, airy feel. It includes a staircase and balcony. By the way, the floor looks a bit rough because the pictures were taken before the carpeting was installed.
- Interior Railing. Again, a very traditional style. This was a restoration at a school in the Wallingford area in Seattle done when I was working at 47 Productions. We added the top course to the railing to conform with current building codes.
All of these handrails are variations on a theme. They feature a forged hand rail and, with one exception, organic forms for decoration. I like the way that steel, which is so hard, unyielding and linear, can be formed into the soft, flowing, organic shapes of vines, leaves and flowers.
- Exterior Handrail on front steps with leaf and vine decoration. Here's a Detail.
- Exterior Handrail on front walk with leaf and vine decoration. Here's a detail of the end post. Several years later I added some flower decorations to the original handrail.
- Exterior Handrail on back steps with forged flower decorations.
- Exterior Handrail on the Dillman-Luvaas Architects' office steps. This was the first piece that I did of the leaf and vine series.
- Interior Handrail on steps to a sunken living room. Though the rail has no extra decoration, it is elegant in its simplicity.
- Fence with Gate and lock at the Dillman-Luvaas Architects' office courtyard in Richland.