Pine Blanket Chest

From Kelly Dunton:

“I made this early 1800’s styled dovetailed blanket chest when I came across a rare opportunity to purchase some 20 inch wide pine boards.  I wanted the chest to seem as if it was made 200 years ago.  All surfaces are hand planed and the joints hand cut.  To complete the antique feel for this project I used an simple penetrating oil finish over a stain of strong tea.  Complementing the hand work in wood is the addition of Horton’s hand forged iron blanket chest hinges and antiqued hardware.  For more information on the construction please visit my blog at Fine Woodworking.Dunton

Early Connecticut Colonial

This is an early Connecticut home, lovingly restored by its owners, along with the help of an outstanding restoration contractor named Kevin Rooney. It took more than a year, and over the course of time, we got to know the owners pretty well. This is the inside of one of the exterior doors and shows the use of our HF-36 driven pintles with HF-40 strap hinges with Bean ends. The door is bolted from the inside with an HF-23 slide bolt. The HF-17 Suffolk latch has a handle on the outside and the bar set you can see here on the inside. Often it is hard to imagine exactly what the inside of a latch set actually looks like, but in this photo you can see the inside quite clearly.

iron door hardware

Custom Hand forged black iron lion paper weigh

Custom Black Iron

Custom Hand forged black iron lion paper weigh

     Hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year’s! Now that we”re back from our winter break, I wanted to share with you all a recent project we worked on right before we closed down for the holidays. It was for a customer who was looking to have some custom shutter dogs made. Now to be honest, prior to this project I had no idea what a shutter dog was, (as I’m still learning about all the hardware and its use). And if you’re like me and you don’t know or didn’t know, shutter dogs were designed to hold wooden shutters open, but over time have become more of a decorative hardware piece.
     When I was assigned the project, our customer wanted us to sketch out a design based off of his existing logo they had for their law firm. So I was given their business card and I began hand sketching my rendition of their logo. Once I was satisfied with the way it looked, I quickly transferred it over onto Illustrator and passed on the file over to our blacksmiths. Now I have to say that all the credit should go to our very talented blacksmiths, Terry and Darryl. Without them, none of this would of been possible.

The entire process took about 2 weeks to finish, mainly because our blacksmiths work from their shops in Tennessee and Ohio. The finished piece came out amazing and the customer couldn’t be happier. They measure about 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. We ended up making two versions of the hardware, one being the actual shutter dogs and the other to use as a paper weight.

So if you’ve enjoyed these shutter dogs as much as I have and you’re looking for something similar feel free to let us know, or if you already have an idea in mind, feel free to tell us about it! We’d be more than happy to help you out with your special project. I know I’ve had a lot of fun working on this project and look forward to working on more.