Prior to the early 1990’s, garden gates were carpenter’s affairs. Screwed and nailed 2×4 frames with diagonal bracing that warranted little more than a functional latch. Two years of prototypes lead Prowell to a new benchmark in this long overlooked genre that suddenly raised the bar in the workmanship and design of a long overlooked medium.
And yet there remained no comparable gate latches of an equal quality. There was at the time a manufacturer in England who worked from molds dating to an early English aesthetic, in iron, and powder-coated black with the result of rusting iron within months of installation.
Prowell badgered the manufacturers in the states to develop a line dedicated to gates. But for years and years no one believed there was a suitable market to warrant the investment. That is until Rocky Mountain stepped forward around the turn of the century, the 21st century, with a limited offering of wonderfully made bronze latches from their foundry in Idaho. The molds are clean and succinct, while providing the durable convenience of cam-driven spring-loaded levers.
There were now choices, where for many years before, none existed.
A partnership developed between the gate designer and these two manufactures. A partnership that continues to this day, providing one another equal counterparts toward a level of workmanship and design that have long been the benchmark in this genre.
Prowell Woodworks was founded in 1977 in San Francisco, CA.