On July 10th I delivered 30ft of railing to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s new project ‘Lost Hollow’, opening later this year. So, before the total installed glory of the piece, here’s a bit about the the process of making and the design.
The design was a collaborative effort with W.Gary Smith the overall designer of the Lost Hollow garden. The 30ft I provided are a 5-panel feature railing in the longer plain balcony railing that has come to be known as the Balconette. There are eight medieval tapestry flower elements, a central crown and the key and escutcheon plate that feature in the logo. These are surrounded by 63 different leaves of 5 different varieties and a myriad of scroll elements.
The newel posts were installed first to enable me to construct the empty railing frames:
I then set about making components for the railing, my earlier post, Leaves, leaves everywhere was about the many leaves I made, once I had those done I moved on to the scrolls and other elements
The railing panels were assembled over the printed out drawing. Some elements were put together as sub-assemblies to help with fitting and clean up. The panels were held together in a cradle formed of heavy angle iron and stabilizing bars to prevent, as much as possible, any warping from happening while the pieces were being welded in to the frames.
The intrepid install team, Randy & Paul get to work bolting in the panels and welding on the top cap.
Hooray I got this railing finished and delivered on time! The best part of finishing a project – a packed up tidy truck ready to head out knowing that a fine piece of ironwork has been delivered to its new home.