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.

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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/

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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…

Recycled Metal Art

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reSculpted.com is an online gallery of contemporary art created by artist Lynn Donoghue. These avant-garde, rust-art jewelry pieces and wall-hanging sculptures are available for purchase, display, or viewing (contact us for more information). Lynn is located in Arlington, Massachusetts, which is in the greater Boston area.

Lynn Donoghue majored in art at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been a professional graphic artist for 35 years.

During the first half of her career, Lynn was a weaver and fiber artist. However, her growing collection of rust art edged out her work in these other mediums. It all started with a pile of interesting shaped and colored metal pieces that Lynn had found on the streets of Cambridge. Some of the pieces were faces. So, instead of keeping them in a pile, Lynn started to arrange them into “critters”: 3-dimensional figures with demeanors and stances. Lynn’s venture into rusted, industrial, recycled-art wall sculptures had begun.

In time, Lynn created some pieces that were much too small for the wall sculptures or had no way of being attached to the wood. She then began crafting them into necklaces. At this point, Lynn moved her abstract, modern art into the direction of wearable art and jewelry.

Richard Serra master metal artist

Richard Serra (born November 2, 1939) is an American Minimalist scultpture known for working with large-scale assemblies of metal. Richard Serra is one of the most significant artists of his generation. His groundbreaking sculpture explores the exchange between artwork, site, and viewer. He has produced large-scale, site-specific sculptures for architectural, urban, and landscape settings spanning the globe, from Iceland to New Zealand. Earlier this year, he conceived Promenade, a course of five steel sculptural elements towering seventeen meters, for MONUMENTA at the Grand Palais in Paris. In addition to the drawing retrospective “Work comes out of work” at the Kunsthaus Bregenz (2008), other recent projects include the eight-part permanent installation The Matter of Time at the Guggenheim Bilbao (2005) and “Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years” at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007).

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