Bringing the Past forward
This picture shows a bridge beam which was salvaged from a dock that was being
demolished. The dock had been owned by the client which was building his
new retirement home in Suncadia. He saw the reuse of something from his old life
as a value in retirement.
This particular piece was re-manufactured from a 14″ X 24″ bridge beam which had
been in place for over 80 years. The beam had been covered and coated with tar for
preservation and survived remarkably well. In reprocessing for it’s new live, the beam
was cut to size, the tar burned out of and off of the surface and finished with lacquer.
In cutting it to size of 7″ X 12″, the overall size required that it appear to be supported.
This was accomplished by using additional cuts in a 45° configuration on each end. The setting was a very large room with very high ceilings where the heavy structure of this piece fit extremely well.
In tying and accenting the arched opening over the fireplace with 5″ X 5″ wood
buttons, all aspects of the fireplace scene were featured in this oversized setting.