Art From Trash – Repurposing Metal Window Frames

Original bay windows

Original bay windows

Way back in April of 2014, this is the way the bay windows looked on the facade of the El Moore. Wood window frames were surrounded by some well-worn metal. As we deconstructed the window frames to make way for the new, we made the decision to salvage the metal in hopes that it might be of use at a later date.

Fast-forward about a year and a half. The building was nearing completion, and we were still looking for a use for some of the remaining metal. In October of 2015, Tom and I were visiting Greenfield Village when we happened upon the tinsmith shop. We listened to the tour, and it gave Tom an idea for how some of our metal could be used. He had me take this photo:

Tinsmith work at Greenfield Village.

Tinsmith work at Greenfield Village.

Tom inquired a bit about how the patterns were made in the tin (basically just a screwdriver or chisel and a hammer), and when we arrived home, he contacted Kevin Gardner. Kevin is a designer by trade who can also work with his hands. He built the beautiful wood wall behind the reception desk at the Green Garage. Here he is hard at work in June of 2010:

Kevin Gardner building the wood wall at the Green Garage.

Kevin Gardner building the wood wall at the Green Garage.

Knowing Kevin’s talent for design and his ability to craft art, Tom asked him to develop signs for the four¬†rooftop cabins from the leftover metal from the windows, using the techniques demonstrated by the tinsmith shop at Greenfield Village. Here’s the beautiful result. Notice how he wove each room’s theme into the design.

Moonbeam

Sign for Moonbeam cabin.

 

Sign for Starlight cabin.

Sign for Starlight cabin.

 

Sign for the Twilight cabin.

Sign for the Twilight cabin.

 

Sign for Sunrise cabin.

Sign for Sunrise cabin.

 

 

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