Here are a couple of belt buckles, each custom designed for the clients.
The heavy metal-lover opted for a lightning bolt. I had a happy accident with the lightning bolt. The rockin’ texture on the ‘back side’ of the bolt couldn’t be denied -- as opposed to the smooth texture on the front side -- so I affixed the bolt ‘backwards’. The final buckle is what you see pictured here.
The lawyerly-type client opted for a belt buckle with his initials. I neglected to get a final pic of the ‘WSC’ buckle, but here is a picture of the buckle in process...
This garden gate and fence grace the back yard of a Galveston, TX, home in the East End Historic District.
The garden gate has been discussed in a previous ‘Musing’ (from May 8, 2012). I designed and built the fence panels to compliment the gate. Mike Landry, one helluva character and a BOI*, assisted me in the installation. (* ‘BOI’ means ‘born on the island’.)
The blacksmithed gate was sealed with a U/V-resistant lacquer, allowing the beauty of the hand-forging to show through. To blend in with the garden gate, I painted the fence panels and posts a sealskin black.
Functionally, the fence provides a barrier between the house’s back yard and the alley. Plus, the gate is eye-candy for the homeowners and for those who stumble across it alley-side.
Additionally, the gate/fence design is historically appropriate for the neighborhood. It’s Galveston permitting office-approved!
Next time you find yourself in Galveston, roll through the alley of the 1300 block of Winnie to see this piece up close and personal.
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