Betsy called Chris last year when she saw his door at Monsoon East in Bellevue. You can see a picture of that door and the post I wrote about it here.
Chris made his proposal to her with this model………….. and she accepted.
Chris chose to use reclaimed wood as veneer. The horizontal panel in the center is patchwork of 3 1/2″ squares that he cut from a 4 x 4 that he found floating at the edge of the ocean on the beach at Ocean Shores. In the sidelight on the left is a fold formed copper panel.
Chris has the sidelight built and is laying out the pattern of the small squares. First he cut the 4 x 4 into a perfect shape then sliced it into thin chips.
He was happy to see that this wood was white oak and cut from the center of the tree so you can see the center of the trees rings.
The wood is glued to the door frame that Chris built and it’s ready to go into the veneer press. After spending a few hours in the press he flipped it made the same on the other side.
The fold formed copper was so great on the Fang door that Chis was excited for the opportunity to do it again.
Heat and hammers.
He made 42 of these 3 1/2″ squares, 21 for the exterior and 21 for the interior.
The copper panel is installed in the sidelight.
You can see in this picture that the white oak squares are not set and sanded flush……….. I really like that effect.
So cool………….to see the tree rings!
It’s a big door………….
This is all Chris is doing for now, he delivered it to storage for Betsy. We’ll see it again later this year when the house is nearing completion and they are ready to install. The wood frame has no finish on it yet, I don’t know what they have planned for the glass panels in the sidelight………some art glass I’m guessing.