To hear local wood artisan Luke Lyons rattle on about the tendencies of hard and soft wood species is like reading an encyclopedia on the history and uses of lumber. “Knotty alder, although a soft wood, is perfect for giving a wine cellar door rustic appeal. Hard maple makes a great contrasting color for an inlaid piece. There’s so many species of mahogany: Honduran, African, Sapele. And black walnut, a darker, denser wood, is often utilized for countertops; while Spanish cedar, with its natural aroma and uniform grain, is resistant to rot and mildew…and then there’s Arkansas cedar, pine, cherry, hickory, oak…”
“My process for crafting doors is driven by the client’s inspiration. Really, imagination is the only factor,”
Lyons uses this wealth of knowledge to craft custom, artistic, and functional exterior and interior door systems for the home. Think grand entrance doors with forged iron details that mimic those of old castles. Wooden doors inlaid with beveled or etched glass. Or even the rare interior door that leads to a secret room, a door with hidden hinges that appears to be anything but.
“My process for crafting doors is driven by the client’s inspiration. Really, imagination is the only limiting factor,” he says.
Lyons sources new, unfinished lumber in a rough-sawn state, and he works with glass masters and finishers to create one-of-a-kind products. He doesn’t stock spec pieces and instead works solely from commission to ensure every detail, every bit of quality exceeds the client’s expectations.
“Not many people provide custom doors because they are difficult to make and typically cost prohibitive,” Lyons says. “I take a lot of additional steps to craft doors that not only look aesthetically pleasing and distinctive, but that have integrity, and in 10, 20, 30 years will still be beautiful.”
Contact Door Artisan Luke Lyons
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