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    Thursday
    Oct232014

    A contemporary sign for a church

    In addition, to creating a Little Free Library for St. Paul's Episcopal Church, I also made them a new sign. The sign frame reflects the pattern of the nearby chapel windows. A simple cross highlights the crest. This sign is sturdy, made from steel. It will hold up to lawnmowers bumping into it, people leaning on it and the weather pounding it. The sign graphics are printed on Dibond, an aluminum material that is durable and rigid.

    The sign frame is powdercoated for extra protection. The sign is set in concrete. Next spring, a flower garden will surround the sign, adding to the beauty of the church.

    Thursday
    Oct232014

    A double shot of Joy

    These little inspirational metal words make a great gift. They are handmade, cut from steel and adorned with a beautiful piece of slag glass. These were given to a wedding planner and minister for their work in helping with the ceremony. A nice (and budget-friendly) way to say Thank You!

    Thursday
    Oct232014

    Custom real estate sign shines bright

    The Baird Group is a local real estate company. They sell residential and commercial properties. Recently, they listed a high-end creative space in a office park. So, I made a vibrant sign that would catch the attention of passing motorists. This sign is printed vinyl applied to a aluminum backing. It is mounted inside the frame and can be changed out, if needed.

    The sign frame is made of steel and painted a satin black finish.

    The sign is 48 inches tall and wide. The sign stands 6 feet tall. Tall enough to send a message to prospective tenants. In addition, the sign is double-sided, so it can be useful, no matter the direction of traffic. The smaller rider sign is replaceable. It just clips into place.

    Wednesday
    Oct012014

    Little Free Library takes the shape of a church

    St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Lee's Summit, Mo. is the proud owner of this Little Free Library. The church is one of the oldest in the city. The original chapel has a charming bell tower and a bright red door. Those are details I wanted to bring to the design of this Library.

    The church Little Free Library is made entirely from steel. This makes for a sturdy, long-lasting structure, which can handle all kinds of weather and use.

    The Library is placed along the street. Lots of nearby neighbors and church patrons can take advantage of the book sharing.

    The books can be safely stored and displayed behind acrylic window. The door has a simple latch that is easy for all ages to open.

    The Library is painted by hand, using tough enamel paint. It makes it easy to touch it up, if needed.

     

    Tuesday
    Sep092014

    Custom metal bathroom stalls

    This was the first time I have been asked to create some custom bathroom stalls. And it was a challenge! Main Slice Pizza is located in a cool old building in downtown Lee's Summit, Mo. The design style throughout the restaurant is a neat mix of industrial, brick, neon and wood. So, I set out to make some handmade metal restroom stalls in the women's bathroom, something that would compliment the rest of the interior.

    The stalls are made from 1.5 inch steel tube with sheets of steels to fill out the dividers.

    We added old wooden doors which were painted black. The doors swing on simple post hinges.

    I wanted to leave the weld marks, grinder marks and heat rainbows on the steel.

    The stalls are attached to the vintage tile floor.

    The stalls are all ADA-compliant. Wide enough for wheelchairs.

    The steel panels, posts and beams are left in their natural state. I coated everything with lacquer.