These photos provide a clear example of the difference between the industry standard and Robert's approach. The top photo is a project where this antique gaming table was restored using an industry approach known as "toning" to even out different colors, enhance a color, hide repairs, highlight surfaces and a variety of other treatments. Most toners are manufactured using pigments, dyes, and hot solvents. But they also hide the wood obscuring the natural tones. The bottom photo is Robert's approach using organic materials to celebrate and reveal the wood. Even the repairs have disappeared. Robert educates his clients as to what is actually possible, thus enabling them to make an informed decision based on what they want. Instead of an industry telling them what is beautiful. If you have never seen what is possible how can you compare?
This project involved creating 8 different finish processes to create the feeling envisioned by the architect and designer. Every wood finish project Robert designs has the same goal, to celebrate and enhance the natural beauty of every wood species. This wood is Sapele, the depth and clarity produced are extraordinary. For every process Robert creates he provides both clear directions and a defined material list that have been carefully and thoughtfully chosen for each and every layer of the presentation.
Robert was brought in after the project results where not what was originally envisioned. The photo on the left is where the finish was when Robert was brought on. The right photo is after completion. Robert's experience allowed him to assess the existing issue, determine the new approach which included going backwards, mitigating all the issues, and then going forward. The wood species was identified as Douglas Fir. After carefully inspecting all surfaces Robert determined that there were actually 5 different wood species in this project. Each wood species had a distinct process that allowed for a seamless color continuity.
This is an example of what is possible when VeroMetal and reactive color are combined. Robert was originally contacted by Nic Frost from Nic Frost Cabinetry to find a way to enhance a design concept collaboration between Nic and artist Bennett Bossert. Bennett's style is a series of lines that are very fluid and compact. Nic chose Walnut for the substrate, then used his CNC machine to program the pattern. One of the challenging aspects of this collaboration was figuring out how to polish the metal to an almost mirror like finish while keeping the Walnut matte, even though they are on the same plane. Both goals were achieved and the results are truly extraordinary. The Walnut grain and figure can be clearly seen through the black finish Copper metal radiates off the surface.
VeroMetal is an extraordinary product that allows for complete freedom in design with real metal in ways that were previously not possible. The is a a sample of two different alloys on a MDF substrate used for the front entry and rear service doors on a custom residential luxury home built by Trestle Homes. VeroMetal is a liquid metal that can be finished with or without patina or a clear coat depending on the desired look. In this project, no clear coat was used and no further maintenance will be required. Imagine the potential.
This VeroMetal sample was created for a luxury commercial architecture & design company. They were wondering if VeroMetal could be used to
replicate the originally specified 1/4" thick Brass sculptural elements. This sculptural design concept is 16' wide x 10' tall and 1/4" thick. The raw Brass alone cost almost $30,000, before fabrication. The millwork contractor made the pattern specified by the architect in MDF and VeroMetal Brass was applied. Using VeroMetal for this project achieved the desired look and saved the client over $60,000 in materials and labor.