These photos are the clearest example of the difference between the industry standard and my approach. The top photo is a project where this antique gaming table was restored using an industry approach known as "toning". Toning is a higher level skill set. It is used by the industry 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. If you have never seen what is possible how can you compare? The bottom photo is my approach using organic materials to celebrate and reveal the wood. Even the repairs have disappeared. I want my clients to know what is possible, then make the decision of what they want. Instead of an industry telling them what is beautiful.
This project involved creating 8 different finish processes to create the feeling envisioned by the architect and designer. Every project that I design finishes for has the same goal. That is celebrating and enhancing the natural beauty of every wood species. This wood is Sapele, the depth and clarity produced are extraordinary. Every process that I design has both clear directions and a defined material list that have been carefully and thoughtfully chosen for each and every layer of the presentation.
I mentioned VeroMetal in my previous description. This is an extraordinary product that allows for complete freedom in design with metal in ways that before were not possible. The photo is of a sample I provided my client. This is actually two different alloys and the substrate is MDF. This design will be utilized for the Front Entry and rear service doors on an upcoming custom residential luxury home. This is actually metal just delivered in a different form. Plus because there is no clear coat utilized, no further maintenance is require. Yes a maintenance free exterior application is possible. Imagine the potential.
This is a project where I was brought in after the project results where not what was originally envisioned. The photo on the left is where the finish was when I was brought on. The right photo is after completion. My experience allowed me to assess the current issue, determine the new approach which included going backward, mitigating all the issues, and then going forward. I was told initially that the species was Douglas Fir. After carefully inspecting all surfaces I determined 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. I was originally contacted by a colleague, Nic Frost from Nic Frost Cabinetry to find a way to enhance a design concept collaboration with Nic and a artist name 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 8000 grit (almost mirror like) while keeping the Walnut matte. Even though they are on the same plane. I was able to achieve both goals. The results are truly extraordinary. You can clearly see the Walnut grain and figure even though its Black while the Copper radiates off the surface. Nic and Bennett (who is also an architect at Peterssen Keller Architecture) will find some projects to implement this concept on at some point.
This is another example of what is possible with VeroMetal. I was contacted by a well known 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 13' wide x 5' tall and 1/4" thick. The raw Brass alone cost almost $16k. That is before it has been welded together, the seams ground down, cut with a waterjet, and then polished. So the millwork contractor for this project made the same pattern specified by the architect in MDF. I applied VeroMetal Brass and polished it to 5000 grit. Using VeroMetal for this application saved the client over $35,000 and they look exactly the same. If you are interested in learning more about VeroMetal leave me your information on the contact page.