CUSTOM WOOD FRONT GATE #216

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BULLETIN: Deep in the Peruvian jungle, archeologists discover a perfectly preserved sacrificial temple of wondrous beauty. Inhabited by giant caterpillars.

cropped photograph showing the temple of wondrous beauty #216

They ask, ‘Of all the wood gate designs you’ve created, which is your favorite?’
And the answer of course is. . .whatever currently occupies the workbench. That would be the one absorbing all your attention. If absorbing is the right word. Perhaps . . . demanding your attention. Until it’s finished and you sit beside it while Ben snaps a photo, and by then the memory of that absorption has already begun to fade. So in fact, absorbing isn’t the correct word, as it suggests paper towels, whereas absorption, as the poet Donald Hall once wrote, conjures up a disallowance for distractions.

sho photo showing charles with the unusual wood front gate #216

In-Progress

BUILDING THE CUSTOM WOOD FRONT GATE #216–PROGRESS

As a departure from the other works in the #200 gallery, The modern gate design #216 began with a drawing. But drawings are what we see in our conceptual mind and no substitute for perusing the three dimensional reality.

progress photograph showing the early stages of how to build the custom wood garden gate #216

THE TEMPLE OF WONDROUS BEAUTY #216–PROGRESS

Laying out the middle rail for the upper and lower levels with continuation lines. The red lines are the center points for the mortises. For a wood gate design such as the 3216, the layout phase is paramount; spacings must be exact, and the angles perfect.

shop photograph showing how to build modern gate design #216.

CUSTOM WOOD FRONT GATE #216–PROGRESS

The form for this wood gate design begins with the vertical frame stiles, tapered and angled

shop photograph showing the progress of how to build the temple of wondrous beauty #216

CUSTOM WOOD FRONT GATE #216–PROGRESS

Top diagonals joined, glued, and clamped, with the stiles temporarily in place.

All under the auspicious eye of Lewella Longings. Lewella was a walk-on, arriving a few years ago with no resume or applicable skill-sets, standing quietly at the threshold for much of that morning unnoticed. The size of a healthy squirrel. Cheerful, persistent, and in need of work, Ben and Charles ultimately supplied her with the provisioning props of a broom and mop and a spot on the payroll. Isn’t it odd how she somehow manages to photo bomb herself throughout the website. 

progress photograph in the wood shop showing the joinery of how to build wood gate design #216

CUSTOM WOOD FRONT GATE #216–PROGRESS

In-progress shop photograph of charles with the wood gate design 216

WOOD GATE DESIGN #216–PROGRESS

Wenge insets. We often use this exotic species for it’s contrast to the cedar, highlighting details that, in cedar, would be lost to the eye. Wenge holds it’s color forever, while also offering a resistance to decay. 

shop photograph showing wenge inlay on the temple of wondrous beauty #216

MODERN GATE DESIGN #216–PROGRESS

The wenge insets sever a more functional purpose on the wood gate design #216: They stabilize the pickets, thus insuring our spacing remains constant over the years and decades.

How do I build a wood gate design #216?

CUSTOM WOOD FRONT GATE #216–PROGRESS

Wenge insets complete, we can now begin to see why the work was nicknamed The Temple of Wondrous beauty. 

progress shop photograph of the modern gate design #216

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