We recently caught up with Gainesville, Florida craftsman, Steve Kessler, in his shop on a hot & humid July morning. Steve was finishing up a door project for some clients who are doing a large renovation in their Coconut Grove home in Miami, Florida.
These folks knew exactly what they wanted and commissioned Steve to build their eight doors out of old growth, virgin, bald cypress. Steve, of course, turned to the Goodwin Company. We supplied him with tightly grained, thousand-year-old, River-Recovered® Heart Cypress in both vertical and select grain (quarter sawn and plain sawn).
Steve’s doors came with a lot of specifications too. Some louvers were called out as working while others were faux. Some louvers had a double face while others had a single. Steve even found a miller who could mold a single louver disguised as a trio and he used a terrific little joiner called a Festool Domino XL to marry the stiles and rails together.
We think the doors turned out great. Nothing beats the natural beauty and durability of old growth heart cypress. Architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and A. Hays Town specified it in nearly every residential project they designed. And in the hands of an experienced professional like Mr. Kessler, it is always bound to shine. To contact Steve for your next project call him at 352-214-6386.
Wouldn’t you just love some of these in your home?