While many people are doing their best to eat better and workout more, perhaps you took on a different kind of new year’s resolution. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to take up projects long neglected and we’re just the people to help.
In 25 years of business, we’ve seen all sorts of things come through our doors. From bizarre furniture to beautiful antiques and unusual art, we’ve worked on them all. Some of the pieces that stand out are both the biggest and smallest pieces we’ve worked on. Working in very large or very small scale presents various obstacles for maintenance and craftsmanship.
There are particular challenges associated with working on pieces of such a large stature. Firstly, transporting these pieces to our studio can be very difficult. Heavy pieces require specialized transportation, which can be costly. In addition, large pieces are at a greater risk for both surface and structural damage while in transit. An easy solution to avoid this risk and cost is to have our team work on-site. We have ample experience in setting up on location to ensure minimal disruption and quick service. For pieces in common areas, such as hotels, resorts, or professional buildings, we can create our work schedule to accommodate your business hours.
If a job does require that the piece be moved for maintenance, we take extra precautions to ensure that it is properly supported while being restored.
On the other end of the spectrum, working with very small pieces presents its own set of unique challenges. Working in miniature requires specialized tools, a steady hand, and a great deal of patience. For instance, the Great Lakes team fabricated a miniature replica of a client’s yacht. Working to scale and joining the plates together proved to be quite an ambitious task, but the final product was exactly what the client has envisioned.
Many of the ornate details of our work feature organic elements such as flowers, buds, and leaves. These elements are handmade out of very thin, delicate metal. Although creating these tiny details can be difficult for the fabricator, the results are stunning and add a major “wow-factor” to just about any design.
When casting small designs, special care must be taken in making the molds to ensure the details will be captured in the final product. Below is a close up of a mezuzah and the rubber mold we cast it from.
Big, small, and anywhere in between, we welcome all job sizes. Let us help you start the new year off right and tackle that project you’ve been wondering about!