The gentleman for whom I made this gate always likes to do something interesting. The garden gate here is no exception, with relief carving and specially cast bronze hardware. When he suggested carving some plants into the gate, I mentioned that I had always fancied carving some ivy. And so we arrived at the brief for an exceptional project.
Air dried oak
All the hardware was cast in Bronze. Patterns were made up in the workshop from Holly and Poplar and these were sent off to the foundry. The gate handle was made to replicate an oyster guage, a tool used locally by the oyster fisherman to check the size of the oysters when they bring them in. The handle on the sliding bolt for the gate was to be one of the ivy leaves on the stem, again cast in bronze and shaped for comfort in the hand.
Bas relief carving in progress. I start with thick oak. The pattern is drawn on, and the background is taken away. The otter on the bottom corner of the gate was taken from a drawing with kind permission from Kit Williams, a friend of the client.