Custom Doors: White River Makes Those Too!

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Author: Nick Lester Bell When customers think of White River, what generally comes to mind are the ornamented long length mouldings or our detailed handcarvings. Many do not realize that White River has the ability to do high-end, custom doors as well. In fact, our Custom Shop has been building doors for over twenty-five years. In the new Volume 7, we highlight these custom door capabilities. It was here that a customer saw the above custom door. They wanted us to replicate this look for a new set of doors for their project.           The starting place was the central carving. These are custom pieces, carved for this specific job. Here you can see that several were made in both walnut and maple.             The carvings were integrated into the doors. We added custom curved mouldings, shaped to match the form […]

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Getting Beautiful Panel Details Just Right

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Author: Nick Lester Bell Our customer brought us a special challenge. They had need of custom panel assemblies for a high-end hotel in New York City. There were a multitude of carvings to be combined with custom curved and straight mouldings. The initial drawings were designed for compositional ornament. This meant we could not carve directly from those hand sketches. We spent the time to reinterpret the details into style that works with wood properly. This meant creating new CAD documentation for each carvings. Overall, there were nine different carvings, in White Oak, Douglas Fir, and Lindenwood. Quantities ranged from one-off pieces up to 65 copies. The carvings sizes were equality diverse, with the largest being over 40” wide and 40” tall. These pieces were meticulously handcarved, creating beautiful details and shapes. Custom curved and straight mouldings were built in our moulding facility. These were shaped to fit the carvings […]

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A Customized Stock Mantel with a Big Personality

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Author: Stewart Allen MorganIn this project, the customer liked our stock MAN9021 mantel, but it was too short for his fireplace opening. This is not an unusual problem with our stock mantels, but there is an easy solution. Along with the stock mantel, we provided the customer with custom plynth blocks to raise the overall mantel height to the appropriate dimension. With no existing hearth (and a desire to continue not having a hearth), something else had to fill the space where a hearth is usually expected. So our FR8965 Rinceau scrolls frieze was used, in an atypical fashion, creating detail where the hearth would in a typical design. An egg and dart panel mould, trimming the edge of the firebox, gave a touch of ornament to the interior of the mantel. Finally, this was all finished with a Traditional baseboard which wrapped the entire bottom of the piece. The […]

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When You Need a Carving to be Bigger and Better!

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Author: Nick Lester Bell White River has a wide selection of stock carvings. For most projects, we can find a stock product that works. But sometimes what we have is close, but not close enough. That is where custom products can be a perfect option. For this project, our customer loved our Large Acanthus Finial CRV5536, but needed it to be both wider and taller. They were also looking for a full-round, instead of our half round. We increased the finial from our standard dimension of 4 ¼”h x 2 3/8”w up to a more impressive 8”h x 6”w. These dimensions are a different proportion, being wider than the stock part. This meant that the piece could not just be scaled up. It needed to be actively tweaked to fit the new shape. The order was for 28 units in Maple, creating an impressive set when laid out on the […]

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