Dog Days

The monsoons have arrived (last year I met a woman on a plane who had been visiting Santa Fe from India and, eyes wide, she said, “you call them monsoons?”, ours, obviously and thankfully, paling in comparison to those in India), but not with the frequency we would wish.  It is hot and the guys are working with the doors thrown wide, hoping to catch a breeze.  When we do get an afternoon rain you can actually watch the thermometer drop, often 10 degrees within an hour.  It is so refreshing and everything seems to relax – from the plants and the soil to the people.  I keep my fingers crossed for more, more, more.

While I wait for the door I REALLY want to talk about to get hardware, I thought I would share some of the great things that have been coming out of the shop of late.  My favorite is yet another pintle-hinged door!  In Chinese astrology, it may be The Year of the Rabbit, but here at La Puerta Originals, it is The Year of the Pintle-Hinged Door!

Pintle-Hinged Door

I saw these, what I thought were doors, while they were being made in the wood shop.  Then they were finished in the yummy deep red, rustic finish.

Then they just kept hanging around in the finish shop. I kept seeing them in the background of pictures I was taking of other things:

There they are again!

Oop!  In the background of the big door.

Behind the cabinet…

It just seemed like they were always there!

Okay, so we will get back to those in a minute and move on to the pintle-hinged part.  Here is the door while it was being worked on in the wood shop.

Big, wide, open…kind of plain, but I figured more would be happening with it because that would be a huge expanse of glass.  And then, TA-DA! There is more happening with it:  They go together!

Those aren’t doors, they are barn hanging shutters that can be closed over the large glass door!  And then, here is the glass for the door being delivered.  All 210 pounds of it.

It is a massive double-paned affair – each piece weighing over 100 pounds, which is sealed with insulating space between, and this little wire shown below is actually a breathing tube for the inside of the glass sandwich.

Here in Santa Fe, we are at over 7,000 feet in altitude.  If this door didn’t have that breathing tube and were to go anywhere else – BANG! – it would either explode or implode.

And there it is, glass installed, in action.  The best part is that I met the clients and they are going to let me come up to photograph it when it is installed.  YAY!

I took the above pictures of this piece while roaming the woodshop after the guys had gone home, not understanding what it was to be (that is part of the fun – “what will it become?”).  I kind of thought the part with the rungs was going to be a rail of some sort and that it was separate from the broad piece it was laying on, but no, it fits into that space there and is the facia for a bar in a game room.

Love the antique material with the star clavos.  Another piece from one of those wildly intricate surrounds from Pakistan!

Speaking of not knowing what something is going to be, I just can not wait to see what the door shown below becomes!  I will follow the progress of whatever it is to become and post it here!

I was looking over master-finisher Rigo’s shoulder to see what he was working on and he was matching the finish on an incredibly old corbel.

It had several different layers of color that had worn in a really fabulous way and he matched it perfectly.

He then waved me to follow him so he could show me another finish sample he had done, along with the accompanying materials from which to draw inspiration.

I just love all the textures and colors we have here – the aging drawer finish, the colors in the rugs, fabric and tiles, and then there is the carved piece of antique material into which he has masterfully blended all of these colors.

It really amazes me how he can mix colors.

Rigo works with all these solid colors to create these incredibly nuanced finishes that replicate the patinas of decades of wear or deftly combine all the colors in a decorating palate.  Brilliant.

Well, I am hoping the door I am waiting on will get hardware this week and I can feature it in the next posting.  I don’t think it will be a surprise in this, the Year of the Pintle-Hinged Door, if I tell you it is another pintle-hinged door.  Until then, I will leave you with some more pics of the bar facia, along with some of the other cabinets that go with it. The tall cabinet to the left will fit a large wine cooler, and directly behind the bar facia you see the wine storage cabinet which has under-cabinet LED lighting. The foot rail in front of the facia was hand-forged here on site.

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