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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.