Friday Foundry Walkabout…And a Little Sneak Peek

With the holiday weekend upon us, our Craftsmen are busy-busy wrapping up projects and lovingly packaging pieces for shipment.  Below are some shots taken this morning – most notably custom deco door pulls and a little sneak peek of a new hardware collection we will be launching shortly!  See if you can spot what’s new!

SA Baxter Cabinet Knobs CK-2009

SA Baxter Custom Door Pulls Finishing

SA Baxter Custom Door Pulls

SA Baxter Finish Samples

SA Baxter Pebble Door Pull

SA Baxter Sneak Peek Deco

We Agree…An American Manufacturing Renaissance

It goes without saying that we at SA Baxter are unequivocally proud of our American-based manufacturing heritage.  We are also proud to be part of a new American Manufacturing Resurgence.  A number of Articles and Analysts have cited the potential shift in ‘Made in the USA’ advantages: abundant fuel sources, improvements in productivity, and challenges with outsourcing issues such as rising shipping costs and increasing Chinese wages.

(Scroll down further for links to related articles.)

SA Baxter was founded as an American based manufacturer, on the principles of superior craftsmanship, and maximization of green sustainable practices – which made New York’s Hudson Valley the natural choice for our Foundry and Atelier.

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Another facet of this new fabrication enthusiasm: We’re also excited to see so many gutsy Innovators in the US, taking advantage of access to digital fabrication technologies such as 3D printing and laser-cutting.  The rise of crowd-sourced funding such as Kickstarter is fueling even more USA-based ‘get it done’ fervor.  Things are really starting to get interesting…

References:

http://business.time.com/2013/04/11/how-made-in-the-usa-is-making-a-comeback/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/bmoharrisbank/2012/12/13/is-manufacturing-making-a-comeback-in-the-us/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/01/is-u-s-manufacturing-set-for-a-comeback-or-is-it-all-hype/

Friday Foundry Walkabout…

As usual, things are busy-busy at the Factory!  Machines are humming and metal is pouring!  Here are few quick shots of works in progress, samples, and other goodies!

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Makers Market @ The Aldrich…Save the Date

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

It goes without saying that we respect and admire fellow craftspeople, who create and build locally.  Makers Market, happening at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT, Oct 20th and 21st, sounds like the perfect Fall design-related field-trip to us.  This ‘Curated Selection of Skillfully Crafted Products’ features work of craftspeople located in New York and New England.  A VIP Preview Benefit will take place on Friday, Oct. 19th.  Below is a sampling of some of the work created by Exhibitors.  Of course we have a little bit of a soft spot for those who incorporate various metal alloys…

Beam Bench by Palo Samko…love the brass legs…

Chrome Benches by Cumulus Studios

Halsey Dining Chair by Assembly Design

Hudson Valley Artisans: Wickham Solid Wood Studio

We at SA Baxter admire fellow bespoke Hudson Valley, NY-based Artisans.  The region North of New York City is seeing a renaissance in small manufacturing businesses.   This new feature will spotlight these thriving small businesses which develop furniture, lighting, home accessories, and jewelry.  Our first featured Artisan is Jessica Wickham of Wickham Solid Wood Studio.

Wickam Solid Wood Studio in Beacon, NY

Jessica fabricates gorgeous one-of-a-kind hardwood furniture for both private and commercial clients.  Wickham is located in Beacon, NY.  Beacon is 60 miles North of New York City and home to the Dia:Beacon contemporary art museum, as well as a thriving Artist Community.  A number of Jessica’s pieces feature steel and brass inlay.  A focal point of the Wickham’s process is the sustainable practice of sourcing local hardwood species – sourcing “dead and down” logs from Hudson Valley landscapers since 2004 .

Wickham Cherry Steel Tenon Bench

Wickham Little Split Fold Bench in Black Walnut

We love Wickham’s work and applaud their dedication to sustainable principals and craft!