This mahogany study cabinetry project included antique glass and zinc came rather than lead. The zinc is made of sheet metal folded on itself rather than solid as with lead came. Being hollow and rigid, the material lends itself to straight line geometry, although special bending tools can be utilized to incorporate gentle pattern curves.
Month: May 2018
Bach Woodcraft restores historic shutters that are sound enough to be repaired. When replacement is the only option, we will replicate your existing shutters to an authentic match of the original.
Traditional Handcrafted Railings
The traditional art of creating handcrafted volutes, landing wreaths and curved sweeping railing is inherent to the standard of craftsmanship at Bach Woodcraft.
Handrail sections and transitions are cut from solid wood and squared into blanks prior to profiling. The custom profile of choice is created via shaper, router and hand carving. The final step in fabrication involves close attention to detail sanding for a smooth flow in the feel of the rail.
Company Background (& Family Legacy)
In 1928, Edward M. Schildbach, embarked on his life long career as a master stair builder in New York City. Over the next fifty years, my grandfather became well regarded by architects and builders for his high level of craftsmanship in the trade. His achievement caught my attention by age 18 and I asked to work in his shop during the summer of 1975. The following year would be our nation’s bi-centennial celebration and my grandfather was busy replicating the original staircases in the Upper Hourglass Hallway for Thomas Jefferson’s Rotunda Building at UVA which were destroyed by fire in 1895.