MODERN GARDEN GATE #217

Not a modern garden gate design to be viewed and assessed in passing.

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The back side of the unique gate design #217 is nearly identical to the front.  This is not marquetry, where thin veneers are inlad onto a solid substrate; each piece is full thickness, cut to fit, and joined with various custom joints.

cropped photograph showing the back side of the outstanding gate #217

Correction: Inlays do exist throughout this modern garden gate. What we’ll call continuation inlays.

cropped close-up photograph of the unique gate design #217

The artistic wood gate #217 features bubinga inlay reliefs, mortised into ½” deep pockets.

cropped photograph showing the relief inlays for the artistic wood gate #217.

Modern garden gate #217 features repurposed silver.

photograph showing the outstanding gate 217 with silver inlays

In-Progress

BUILDING THE MODERN GARDEN GATE #217–PROGRESS

The beginning. Angles/vectors. Acute and obtuse, complicated with a subtle lack of symmetry.

In the 1930’s, Roosevelt’s New Deal included the WPA (Works Project Administration). Ultimately employing 8 million people to resurrect the infrastructure, the WPA also employed tens of thousands of artists–musicians, writers, painters, sculptors, and actors. Luminaries such as Jackson Pollock, William de Kooning, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Diego River, Nelson Algren, Saul Bellow, and Richard Wright, The program was for all American artists–women, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics . . . Although the program was often criticized for running considerably over budget and time, the purpose was not to save money, but to employ those who needed work. Eschewing production machinery and time-saving protocols in lieu of the quality of hand-hewn workmanship, and the resulting pride of the artists and craftsmen. Roosevelt was rebuilding the nation’s sense of self, project by project. Artists were paid $23.60 a week; tax-supported patrons and institutions paid only for materials.

Among the various programs and projects, there were also book binders. Designing and creating leather-bound works of everlasting quality and beauty. Prowell’s gate #217 was inspired by an amalgam of book designs cultivated from the surviving photos and rare book collections of the 1930’s.shop photograph showing the outstanding gate #217 in progress

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UNIQUE GATE DESIGN #217–PROGRESS

A puzzle, if anything. Pieces fitted to an unrelenting geometry of angles and joinery. One piece at a time. The pattern itself exists only in Charles’ head; no drawings exist for the artistic wood gate 217.

progress photograph showing how to build the modern fence gate #217

MODERN FENCE GATE #217–PROGRESS

Slightly off center axis.

shop progress showing building the outstanding gate #217

MODERN GARDEN GATE #217–PROGRESS

How do I build the wooden gate design #217?

WOODEN GATE DESIGN #271–PROGRESS

A top mast of wenge and honduras Mahogany.

shop progress photograph of the top mast for the artistic wood gate #217

ARTISTIC WOOD GATE #217–PROGRESS

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MODERN GARDEN GATE #217–PROGRESS

Aunt Mary’s family silver, passed down to a current era and culture when such heirlooms are courteously, carefully, dismissed as clutter in the cupboard.

shop photo showing the silver inlays to the unique gate design #217.

UNIQUE GATE DESIGN #217–PROGRESS

To ease your conscience, or Charles’, all but one platter of the wedding silver was sterling. The rest was plated. Aunt Mary turned 95 as these words are written.

progress photograh in the wood shop on how to build the outstanding gate #217

MODERN GARDEN GATE #217–PROGRESS

The silver was an after thought. The modern garden gate #217 was interrupted with an annual September trip to Pacific Beach for body surfing and golf and a visit with Aunt Mary in La Jolla. A visit that found Charles bequeathed with something it turned out no one among the extended family had a need for.

progress photograph of building the modern fence gate #217

WOODEN GATE DESIGN #217–PROGRESS

After some deliberation, the two lower bottom solid panels of wooden gate design 217 are revised to accommodate the silver on the feature side of the gate only. below showing the property side, with wood insert panels at the bottom left. .

shop progress photograph showing the unique gate design #217

UNIQUE GATE DESIGN #217–PROGRESS

Knifing the he continuation inlays for the artistic wood gate 217.

shop progress photograph showing the inlays for the artistic wood gate #217

ARTISTIC WOOD GATE #217–PROGRESS

Shop photograph showing the scored inlays for the wooden gate design #217

MODERN GARDEN GATE #217–PROGRESS

The continuation inlays for the modern garden gate #217 are scored with a marking knife then chiseled against that scored line. Working down to a depth of ¼”.

photograph showing carving artistic wood gate 217

UNIQUE GATE DESIGN #217–PROGRESS

The inlay is a remnant from the primary stock, insuring a perfect match in color and grain.

Shop photo showing the continuation inlay for #217

MODERN FENCE GATE #217–PROGRESS

Glued and fitted in place.

shop photo of inlaying for #217

MODERN GARDEN GATE #217–PROGRESS

Shop photo showing charles with the nearly completed amazing gate #217

AMAZING GATE #217–PROGRESS

Scoring and chiseling for a series of reliefed inlays in bubinga.

inlay woodworking for the amazing gate 217

MODERN GARDEN GATE #217–PROGRESS

The bubinga relief blocks, comprising the only features not on the same flat plane.

shop photograph of woodworking 217

MODERN GARDEN GATE #217–PROGRESS

progress shop photograph showing 217

The Very End . . . for now

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