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3 easy steps to transform your deck

3 easy steps to transform your deck

Functional Art
Here are 3 easy steps to transform your deck to take it from Ho-Hum to Oh-Wow. 1 - Clean the Decking One of the ultimate ways to makeover a deck is a good cleaning. Apply a good quality deck cleaner and then use a power sprayer with a fan style tip on a low to medium pressure so you don't damage your wood deck. Spray in the direction of the wood grain keeping the wand tip about 1 to 1 1/2 feet away from the surface of the wood. If you're planning on staining or applying a coat of deck sealant afterward ensure your wood has dried in the hot sun for a while before applying stain or sealant to ensure it looks great and will last for decades. 2 - Add…
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5 Step Stair Railing Design Transformation

5 Step Stair Railing Design Transformation

Architectural Sculpture
In this 5 step stair railing design project we transformed an old style railing into this amazing one of a kind BENT Iron Railing with distressed wood finish. When the client contacted me to go to their home and take a look at their stair railing that they wanted to transform I arrived to find their old railing had golden oak handrail and base and white balusters. Here is what the railings looked like before the stair railing design project began. STEP 1 - we removed the white balusters and pulled out all the nails that held them in place so we had a flat surface to attach the metal railing. STEP 2 - was a longer process of stripping the finish off of the oak handrail and base down…
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Iron Stair Railing Anson Project

Iron Stair Railing Anson Project

Architectural Sculpture
These iron stair railing pieces were created for a client in the Spring of 2019. My client chose a square tube for the top rail and a flat steel bottom rail. The purpose of this was to have a substantial looking top rail that would attach to the wood posts and wall. The flat bottom rail sections had holes drilled into the bottom rail after the design was laid out to screw it to the wood trim along the floor. The process for my client was simple from beginning to end. I was provided both the height and length measurement and then created my BENT Iron Stair railing design for them. Once it was created it was finished in a powder coat finish and delivered to their home. The client…
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Wave Iron Bench

Wave Iron Bench

Functional Art
As I was laying out the design of this functional art piece it began to take the shape of water and waves. So the Wave Iron Bench was born! Great for your porch, deck or entryway, it is a piece of art waiting for you sit and have long conversations with a good friend.   Or maybe it is a quick place to sit and tie up your shoes before you head out.  However you choose to use it, people will be wowed when they see it in your home. This wave iron bench is hand made out of solid iron finished in a hand painted dark steel.  The seat is a pine finished in a expresso stain for a amazing combination of  steel and wood. The overall length is 52″…
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Stair railing transformation

Stair railing transformation

Architectural Sculpture
Converting your old wood railing to an amazing iron art railing is a simple 5 step process. As an example I had a client in Minnesota who was renovating their home and wanted to transform their old stair railing and upper floor railing into a look that was unique to them and their amazing living space. Stair Railing Step 1 was the client contacted me to inquire about my BENT Iron Art Railing design for their home and then sent me a few photos of their current railing in the home to give me an idea of what we were looking at. This is what the stair railing looked like before. Step 2 - After the clients stair contractor put in the stairs and wood handrail I was sent the…
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Iron Window Well Cover

Iron Window Well Cover

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This project is a window well cover and I am looking at it as a piece of functional iron art within a frame. It will be seen both from the vantage point of looking down on it while standing or sitting on the deck and also from the inside basement office window looking out. It will also create some beautiful shadows in the basement office space when the sun shines through the design. The window well was framed in when the deck was built with a ledge for the cover to sit on. For emergency exit out of the window it can easily be pushed straight out by an adult or child. Beginning to lay out the pieces I start with the larger scale pieces and place them where they…
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There is a tree growing through the house, in fact there are two!

There is a tree growing through the house, in fact there are two!

Architectural Sculpture
Sigi Koko, the Principal of Down To Earth Design contacted me to use my BENT Iron Art railing as it complimented and accommodated a home that had a couple of trees growing through it. Naturally my BENT Iron Art railing was the way to go. Seen here in these photos my BENT Iron Art railing intersects with the tree trunks in a home that had a couple of trees growing through it that look like sculpted pieces on their own and go up and through the home.  The first photo has the railing finished with the wood handrail capping it off nicely. The rail had a flat iron piece on the top to fit into the dado groove on the bottom of the wood handrail.  The bottom rail is a…
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Take A Boring Wood Gate And Make It Amazing With Whimsical Iron Art

Take A Boring Wood Gate And Make It Amazing With Whimsical Iron Art

Functional Art
Instead of having a boring wood gate like everybody else in the neighborhood you can make your garden gate amazing by adding my whimsical iron art to the front of it. How do you do it?  Take any wood gate and simply attach my iron art to the front with a set of screws and you have that WOW factor.  The iron art for the gate was sculptured by hand, and all the iron is hand bent without the use of heat. It is finished in a skillet grey powder coat to keep it looking fantastic for decades. Price $760.00 plus shipping, contact me to order your gate iron art piece.
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Whimsical Iron Art Garden Gate

Whimsical Iron Art Garden Gate

Functional Art
Enter through this whimsical iron art gate and see what wonderful delights and beauty wait on the other side.  Maybe you will find Alice having tea with the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and Dormouse.  Imagine this or another sculptured iron art gate being your enchanted portal to your garden oasis. Price $760.00 plus shipping - Contact me to commission your own unique sculptured iron art gate.
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BENT iron art interior railing with a distressed wood handrail and base

BENT iron art interior railing with a distressed wood handrail and base

Architectural Sculpture
I did this project a few years ago with the end result being a distressed wood railing with my BENT iron art railing inserts. The railing had golden oak handrails and base and white balusters.  The first step was to remove the white balusters and strip the oak handrail and base down to the bare wood.  From there I custom fit and created my BENT iron art railing design as inserts.  The iron was powder coated in a oil rubbed bronze finish. From that point the BENT iron art railing was then installed and attached to the handrail and wood base.  Then the bare wood was stained in a Jacobean color creating a distressed look.              
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