Autumn Colors, Copper, and Libations…Tuthilltown Spirits

With the Autumnal Equinox last week marking the official start to fall, our thoughts turn to jumping in piles of gold, red, and brown leaves, and cozying up with a woolen blanket by the fire. Along with this, we mark the passing of seasons by switching to a libation that matches the season both in color and warmth…for us, this means it is time for whiskey.

Tuthilltown Distillery

The Hudson Valley has long served as a muse for artists and craftsmen. From the metal arts and glass blowing to painting and furniture making, our home is also the proud locale for the culinary arts and the craft distillery at Tuthilltown Spirits, the makers of Hudson Whiskey.

Tuthilltown Distillery Hudson Four Grain Bourbon

While we could wax on about the spirits, ahem…this is a metal blog. We’re marveling at the incredible craftsmanship of the copper and brass tanks in the distillery. Like a fine spirit, these beautiful tanks will mellow over time and develop a spectacular patina that will tell the story of the distillery without words.

Tuthilltown Distillery Copper and Brass Still

This is why we love working with these metals, they develop a patina that tells the story of the life they live through the patina they develop with the passing of time.

The Mystique of Detail…Vintage Masonic Door Hardware

We are amazed at the detail, quantity, and variation in vintage Masonic door hardware produced in the late 19th century and early 20th century.  Seeing so many intricate designs, custom-built for various Masonic Temples harkens back to a golden age of fine hand-crafted metalwork.

Masonic Door Knobs and Escutcheon Plates. Photo courtesy of Demolition Depot

It is not our place to comment on the cultural intricacies of American Freemasonry…but we can certainly reel at the sheer number and beauty of Masonic Door Knobs, Escutcheons, and other hardware accessories…stunning!

Masonic Door Knocker. Photo courtesy of liveauctioneers.com.

Vintage Masonic Door Hardware Illustration. Image Courtesy of phoenixmasonry.org.

Built to Last…And to be Recycled…SA Baxter’s Sustainable Hardware

At SA Baxter, we are obviously passionate about hardware.  We strive to design and build the finest hardware on the planet, and it brings us the utmost joy to see a project come together.  Perhaps one of the most satisfying aspects of creating what we do is the longevity and eco-friendly sustainability of our products.

Investment Casting Bronze at the SA Baxter Foundry and Atelier

We envision our door hardware being in place for 100 years, and of course our door knobs, levers, and hinges can survive for 1000 years.  But as design trends come and go, it tickles us to know that our products can be reused, recycled, and up-cycled.  Our brass and bronze pieces may be continuously recycled, by melting down.  We melt excess material at our Foundry and Atelier on a daily basis, letting no material go to waste.

SA Baxter’s Products – A Sustainable Lifecycle

We work hard every day knowing that ours is a product to be proud of – not only for how the product looks and feels, but for it’s full-circle sustainable lifecycle.  How cool is that…

What is it about Brass and Marble? Furniture and Lighting by CASTOR

We absolutely love modern design statements with brass + white marble.  These pieces by CASTOR accentuate the beauty of simplicity in detail.  CASTOR offers an impressive and humorous lineup of accessories and artwork.

CASTOR Deadstock BMO Table

CASTOR Deadstock BMO Table

Castor Deadstock Catherine Lamp

Kudos to CASTOR for mixing a clean aesthetic with a whimsical style…whilst being environmentally responsible, by embracing the re-imagination of reclaimed materials.

via DesignSponge.

Fascinating Facets…Bronze Vase by David Wiseman

We’re crushing on this faceted bronze vase by Artist David Wiseman.

David Wiseman Faceted Bronze Vase

The form, execution, and color is just exquisite.  David’s work work has been included in private collections and featured at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution.  We hope to see more works in brass or bronze from this innovative young artist.  Bravo David!

David Wiseman Faceted Bronze Vase

David Wiseman Faceted Bronze Vase