Gardner Gate

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Forged Steel


The interlocking forged steel design of this entry gate echoes ancient Celtic symbols of well-being and honors the owner's Irish ancestry.

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Kodosky Gate

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Forged Steel


This main entry gate for a large hilltop property in west Austin draws on botanical forms while reflecting the movement of water from nearby Lake Austin.

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Custom car retreat

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Steel and copper
dimensions 20' x 20' x 12'

May 2010

Here is a cusotm car retreat I built for a homeowner who needed another spot to park in.  The design matched the existing fence ornament in the front of the home. A beautiful copper roof tops the structure.

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Intergalactic Redneck Fence

Reclaimed Steel and Cedar Culls
dimensions 6'x60'

April 2011

This fence, pedestrian gate, and sliding driveway gate are a part of my house and shop.  I live across the street form a busy convenient store, and was looking to have a as much privacy as possible and to eliminate a lot of the sound.  Mission accomplished. 

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Suttles Shah Door

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marine-grade plywood, stainless steel, enamel paint, laminated glass
dimensions 9'-0" x 4'-0"

made for Anne Suttles and Samir Shah

collaboration with Blacksmith Industries

January 2009

Design by Alterstudio Architects. 

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Griffin Doors


Live oak, post oak, quartz stone, and tempered glass
dimensions 8'-0"h x 5'-0"w

made for Griffin Davis and Heather Keating

May 2009

Griffin and Heather were building a new house.  They wanted entry doors made of live oak lumber, from fallen trees on their Hill Country land.  They asked for transparency, so guests could see the view through the house while approaching.   Also, they wanted to use thin panels of quartz, from rocks found on their property.

The door design is a repeating pattern based on small modules of 3", the size limit of the quartz.    The doors look like solid lumber but are laminated composites of 1/4"-thick live oak veneer.

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Burnett residence


Iron and Steel
dimensions various dimensions

made for Dr. and Mrs. Burnett

August 2011

This is an Anderson/Wise project that we worked on over the course of 1 1/2 years.  We did all the ornamental and architectural metalwork in the home as well as some structural steel retaining walls that elevated the backyard 4' above the adjacent yards to allow for installation of an ingound pool.  Some of the a work that we are most proud of is the cantilevered garage awning, the outdoor fireplace,  the simple curved handrail and the front fencing with custom pedestrian and driveway gates.  The fencing panels were recycled from a church in Pennsylvania and were made from wrought iron, a material which has not been produced for almost 100 years.  The fence panels date back to the 1870's.

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Custom Commercial Copper Wall Sconces

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Copper, Frosted Glass
dimensions Multiple sizes

made for Park Centre Bldg - San Diego, CA

October 2011

These are some custom sconces we recently shipped to San Diego for an office building.  The client's designer riffed on our very popular Slat design.  We made the sconces in three sizes for this project.  All are for exterior locations.

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Wings of a Dove


Teak 7 Stainless Steel
dimensions 96" X 18" X 18"H

made for Bee Caves Art Foundation

November 2011

This is an outdoor or meditation bench


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Caryatids guild


September 2011

These two ceramic sulptures stand between 5 and 6 feet tall. They will be installed at my home to be a part of the water catchment system.

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