UNIQUE GARDEN GATES #208

The lower, and beginning, segment of the unique garden gate #208 was born from a study of lines and intersecting planes inspired by a stone residence with flat masonry roof lines and supporting plinths discovered years ago on a road trip through Pennsylvania. The remaining aspects are simply Charles left unchecked.

cropped photograph showing the unusual garden gate #208

The theater of the lower colonnade shouldered by the functionality of old-time exposed joinery makes for unusual garden gates that are hard to categorize.

cropped photograph showing the artistic garden gates #208

Focal points have been around forever, from the eyes in Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring to Monet’s setting sun in Soleil Levantto. We center our focal eye with the unique garden gates #208 on the receding perspective, interrupted, or obliterated, by a forefront pattern of plane geometry. 

close-up cropped photograph showing the centerpiece of the unique garden gates #208.

The lower colonnade style of plinths hand-planed to a foil profile (see Progress). Each plinth of the artistic garden gate 208 is thicker from left to right.

cropped photograph showing the lower plinths of the artistic garden gates #208.

The same receding thickness pattern as with the plinths, only right to left.Ccropped photograph showing the receding thickness and dowel stabilizers of modern gate #208

In-Progress

UNIQUE GARDEN GATES #208–PROGRESS

The unusual garden gate #208 features a system of joints not commonly seen in our other 140 or so designs. In part because the gate is 3″ thick and requires something more. But also as an element of design where joinery approaches performance art.

See Woodworking Joint #9

shop photograph showing the joinery for building the unusual garden gate #208

UNIQUE GARDEN GATES #208–PROGRESS

Dry-fitting the joint to exhibit the pair of top locking keys. At 3″ thick x 48″ wide x 70″ high, the unique garden gate #208 is heavy enough to require full thru-tenons with locking wedges.

shop photo showing how to build prowell's modern gate #208

UNIQUE GARDEN GATES #208–PROGRESS

A look at the completed details of the top pair of wedged keys.

shop progress photo showing the wood joinery for the unusual garden gate #208.

ARTISTIC GARDEN GATES #208–PROGRESS

shop photograph showing Charles Prowell hand-cutting a mortise for the artistic garden gates #208

ARTISTIC GARDEN GATES #208–PROGRESS

The tenons for the lower plinths will feature two locking pins, 1/4″ x 1/4″, which are cut in with a bench top Delta mortiser.

shop photograph showing the mortising for artistic garden gates #208.

UNIQUE GARDEN GATES #208–PROGRESS

The tenons fitted to their mortises.

Shop photograph show how to build a wood artistic garden gate #208

UNIQUE GARDEN GATES #208–PROGRESS

With the lower locking key mortises as performance art for the artistic garden gates #208..

shop photograph showing the locking tenons for the unique garden gates #208

UNUSUAL GARDEN GATE #208–PROGRESS

With the Bubinga keys.

photo showing how to build artistic garden gates #208.

ARTISTIC GARDEN GATES #208–PROGRESS

A decision to assemble this unusual garden gate gate now, providing a visual reference of what exists and an aid to help imagine what might be.

shop photo showing the partial assembly of the unusual garden gate #208

UNIQUE GARDEN GATES #208–PROGRESS

Hallucinations. Too much work. So At this juncture we’ll set the work aside and return in a week or so, freshly rested.

Humorous photo showing the artistic garden gates with Potatohead

ARTISTIC GARDEN GATES #208–PROGRESS

A dry-fit to provide some guidance against a listing ballast.

photo showing how to build a complex modern gate #208

UNUSUAL GARDEN GATE #208–PROGRESS

progress photo showing the exposed joinery for the artistic garden gates #208

MODERN GATE #208–PROGRESS

shop photograph showing Charles assembling the upper section to the artistic garden gate #208

UNUSUAL GARDEN GATE #208–PROGRESS

Adding a series of horizontal rails with decreasing thicknesses, and a series of interlocked verticals at staggered lengths, punctuated with 1/2″ oak dowels. The theme of graduated thicknesses repeats itself in throughout the artistic garden gates #208.

shop photo of nearly completed unique garden gates #208.

Golden State Gate Builders

Image link to Fine Homebuilding magazine 2016, featuring the unique garden gates #208

By Ben and Charles Prowell
Featuring gate #208s, among others.
Fine Home building April 2016
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