Bespoke Gate Post Caps

These two carved books were designed to fit on the driveway gateposts of a customer last year. He is an author and a bee keeper, hence the carved motifs. They are made from locally sourced wood, hand carved and each made from a single piece of oak.

The Barnton Hotel Restoration Project

The Project

The Barnton Hotel Restoration Project in Edinburgh brought an empty and abandoned hotel back to life. The building had been empty for years until it was transformed into residential flats and care home.

2014 certainly proved to be a very busy year for me. I was commissioned to replace much of the exterior specialist joinery by Page/Park Architects in Glasgow along with CCG Scotland Ltd, the contactors. There was a lot to do because most of the detailed joinery was beyond restoration or saving.

 

The Restoration Work

I made replacement finials and pendant finials in reclaimed Scots Pine. All were  turned by hand using original surviving joinery as templates. I used new red wood to make the decorative gable trusses and soffit posts, again copied from surviving originals. The exterior balustrading and handrails were made from hardwood. A few of the original balusters survived and only needed simple restoration work.

All my work for the restoration was carried out in my workshop, while the contactors fitted all the joinery themselves on site.

We did some research too. The original colour for the paintwork came from a hand tinted postcard from 1905 which we found online. This colour was used for the final finish !

All exterior images above courtesy of Sylvia D’Arcy.