The Unusual Wood Gate #213 is an exercise in musicality, and probably more about form than function. An endless procession of intersecting, hand-cut joints.

cropped photograph showing the abstract Gate design #213

cropped photograph close-up showing the intersecting patterns of the eccentric garden gate #213

cropped close-up photograph showing the center laminate ribbons of modern gate and fence #213

Modern Wood Garden Gate #213

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cropped photograph showing the unique wood gate with acrylics #213



The Unusual Wood Gate #213 begins with tapered stiles and rails and the convoluted joinery of the bottom rail.

shop progress photo showing the beginning stage of building the eccentric garden gate #213


Adding a series of gang laminations clamped to a mold with a slight cresting radius. Two sets, each with a slightly different profile.

Each lamination is a group of three. All of them with a center strip in the dark wenge, sandwiched in either white oak or sepele. The Unusual Wood Gate 213 employs, in all, 6 species of wood.

shop progress photo showing the process for laminating curves in with an abstract gate design


To continue the tapering theme, the laminations are arranged to accentuate their slight profiles and funneling to a narrow point on the right. Simulating the strings of cellos, harps, and violins.

shop progress photograph showing the lamination assembly of the modern gate and fence #213


Each set of strings on our abstract gate design is cut by hand and on the bandsaw to fit within its pocket, while extending to traverse the stiles.

shop progress photo showing charles setting the strings to the eccentric gate design #213


A typical fit.

shop progress photo of the modern gate and fence #213 in the shop


With a rough fitted result that establishes our focal anchor of what’s to come with the ensuing abstract gate design 213.

shop photograph showing progress on how to build the modern gate and fence 213


The spline, traversing diagonally across our Unusual Wood Gate, with a number of planes and reliefs anchored by the introduction of primary-red acrylic.

in-progress shop photo showing the diagonal spline of the eccentric gate design #213


A series of what might be construed as reeds in a marsh, flaring up lazily from the bottom rail. Cut on a band saw and then trued by hand with a beveled spokeshave (see insert).

Shop photo showing the spokeshave for truing the reeds of the eccentric garden gate #213


The approach hasn’t changed: Make up a series of pieces and set them out as if playing with Legos, looking for the right piece in the right spot.

shop in-progress photo showing the abstract gate design 213


At this stage of the Abstract Gate Design 213, we have a traffic jam of hand tools scattered everywhere. Each reed takes about 4 hours to fit into place like a puzzle.

photograph of prowell in the woodshop with the modern garden gate #213


The business portion of the gate shown as a stand-alone assembly. Everything joined and glued up, enabling everything so far to be set to the stiles and rails. The remaining details can be joined as we go, knowing that everything so far will not be shifted or nudged from its final poisition.

shop photograph showing the strings and interior of the abstract gate design 213

The fundamentals. Painters, sculptors, writers, any endeavor that requires a complete understanding of the fundamentals, the craft, before the first thought of ever achieving perfection can be mildly entertained. Learning that craft is nothing if not an endless repetitive exercise in errors. The curiosity to plunge further, deeper, buoyed toward mastering a full toolbox of techniques and skillsets and finally one day the craftsman’s world is full of possibilities. A world lead more by instinct and intuition than calculated planning. A world closer to musical tonality than mental alacrity. The possibilities entertained of striving for excellence, if not perfection.

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The Designs of Prowell Woodworks are protected by Patents and Patents Pending.

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