As Royal Palace, the castle was the setting for the reception of navigator Vasco da Gama, discoverer of the maritime route to India, by King Manuel I in 1498. Also in the castle the pioneering playwriter Gil Vicente staged, in 1502, his Monólogo do Vaqueiro, to honour the birth of Manuel I's son and heir, the future John III.
In the early 16th century, as Manuel I built a new Royal Palace by the Tagus river - the Ribeira Palace - the old mediaeval Lisbon Castle started losing importance. An earthquake in 1531 damaged the castle and only contributed to its further decay. In 1569, King Sebastian ordered the rebuilding of the Royal Palace in the castle to serve as his residence. Starting in the period of Spanish domination in 1580, the castle was used as barracks and prison.
The great 1755 Lisbon earthquake severely damaged the castle and contributed to its degradation. From 1780 to 1807, the charitable institution Casa Pia, dedicated to the education of poor children, was established in the citadel. In 1788 the first geodesic observatory in Portugal was assembled on one of the towers of the castle (Torre do Observatório).
Product Information As Shown ; These Gates Are over 550 Years Old
These Gates Are over 550 Years Old : Shown as It stands today made by the hands of Old World Craftsman and Master Blacksmiths of the aristocracy of the 15th century. This gate is a testament to quality and workmanship. Proving once again that the use of proper natural materials ( solid Steel ) and master craftsmanship will stand the test of time. You may order this style made to your specifications made in the same hand and materials by our classically trained blacksmiths and wood wrights.
Estate Gate - Fine Art Statement - 4" thick Solid Exotic Timber - Hand hewn, Tenon Joined Solid Full Length Timber (No fake laminates, scarf joints or glued up parts) - Full Structural Jamb - Solid Hand Forged Wrought Iron - (No castings or hollow metals) - Hand Patina Finished - (No powder coating or faux paint finishes) - Tempered Thermal Glass Available - Engineered To Twice Hurricane Code World Wide - Virtually Maintenance Free - Guaranteed Forever - Backed By Our Over Nine Decades Of Fine Craftsmanship Since 1913
Our Factory Engineers & Designers Are Not Salesman And Are Instructed To Educate Each Dealer To Allow A Truly Informed Consumer Decision
It Is Our Experience, Customers Informed With The Unvarnished Facts Make SAF Their Choice
This Is Not A Foreign Made Mass Produced "Famous Brand Name" Fake Import Impostor.
We Build Doors And Gates In All Species Of Timber - Any Size - Exterior or Interior
You Never Get A Second Chance To Make A First Impression
We Build Doors And Gates Any Size - Exterior or Interior
We Build Commercial And Residential Doors & Gates - All Styles And Sizes
Choose From Our Designs Or Use Your Design And
We Will Build To Our Hand Made Standards
All Scottsdale Art Factory Doors & Gates Are Designed In America and Built In America Using Solid Natural Air Dried Timber And Hand Forged Steel By The Hands Of True American Master Craftsmen.
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All products are made under the supervision of world renowned artist H. J. Nick using only the finest materials. We never use engineered cores or faux materials such as paste boards, veneers, masonite, MDO plywood, melamine or oriented strand board panels with expensive wood sounding names such as walnut or hickory veneer etc.
Purchase American Made - Invest In "Your" Future.
Investment Quality, Equals Appreciable Asset Doors And Gates, Destined For Antiquity.
We build only proud to own family heirloom furnishing, rich with family history and priceless heritage. This process begins with you and your family personalizing each piece with your own special design requests. H. J. Nick
supervises the details and drafting process with his design team, and upon your approval, we then build your product. Once you receive your item, you can enjoy it secure in the knowledge it will increase in value and become a cherished family heirloom that is guaranteed to stand the test of time.
Order As An Original Work Or Limited Edition Product
Historical Origin And Design Inspiration
Most Designs Used Today Were Conceived Hundreds Of Years Ago By Some Of The Worlds Most Famous Architects And Designers Working For The Aristocracies And The Well To Do Of Their Period.
Many of these architects and designers are as well known as Leonardo da Vinci (renaissance architecture) or Michelangelo,s (baroque architecture) as well as more recently William Morris, John Ruskin (founders of the Arts and Crafts furniture movement in circa 1800 England) Gustave Stickley (founder of the American Arts and Crafts movement in America circa 1900.) Frank Loyd Wright, Charles and Henry Greene to name a few.
Every Successful Creative Enterprise Is Always Built On A Foundation That Was Laid Down By Its Predecessors.
All creative people are dependent upon the groundwork laid down by those who came before them. H. J. Nick, artist and direct descendant of the Marbella brothers, and Scottsdale Art Factory have built on these foundations and have raised the bar of quality even higher. Thus setting a new standard and offering the finest one of a kind handmade furnishings found anywhere in the world in the 21st century.
Today Our Master Craftsman Build All Of Our Products Using The Identical Methods And Materials Of The Historical Period Of Each Furnishings Design Conception.
All 21st Century Designs Are Also Built By Our Master Craftsman Using These Classic Traditional Methods.
Whether We Build Products For Your Modern Dream Home Or Ancient Castle
every element Is always built to future collectable antiquity investment quality standards and will stand the test of time. Destined to become a part of your families appreciating financial net worth as well as a proud to own legacy heirloom.
Order As Original Works Or Limited Edition
We Are A "One Stop Shop".
Many of our clients commission furniture For every room, doors, gates, built-in cabinets, lighting and hardware for their entire project. For Example: We are capable of starting with your entrance door design style or personalized carving coat of arms, family crest or business logo and bring this design in a tastefully elegant way in to you interior and exterior lighting fixtures, entrance doors, Interior doors, cabinets, structural elements, entrance gates or furnishings for every room. Making your home a unique piece of your families tradition and legacy.
Many of the worlds finest builders, architects, interior designers, as well business and home owners choose Scottsdale Art Factory. Due to our large flexible American work force and our ability to manufacture coinciding with construction deadlines.
Note: We do not import or out source allowing us total control of our supreme quality as well as your production requirements.
Product Details As Shown
You May Order: The Gate Blade Only - A Complete Entry Unit - Straight Top - Eyebrow Arch Top - Full Arch Top - Single Door - Double Gates - Any Size And Style.
Order Any Door Design, As A Gate Or Garage Door - And Add Matching Windows
As Shown: Gate Blade Only, Ready For Carving, Order Any Size Solid Northern White Cedar - Exotic Natural Core Wood - Light Distress, door blades, hand hewn, doweled, and tenon joined with a steel reinforced core. When ordering "door only" the price includes all design drawings for your approval and your choice of finish.
Order Your Gate Installed In A Structural Pre Hung Jamb
As Shown: Pre- Hung In Structural Jamb With Side Light Frames, Matched To Door or gate Size Solid cedar 3"ÃÂ thick structural jamb with 1" thick rabbeted door stop. These jambs are ideal for conventional wood frame homes, masonry construction as well as for log homes or post and beam construction. This is because all SAF jambs are structurally built, and therefore allow the logs or beams to shrink and contract while the jamb stays straight and plumb. You may order jambs any depth to accommodate your log size. When ordering "your door pre hung" the price includes all design drawings for your approval and your choice of finish.
In This Section On Each Product Page Located Under The Appropriate Pop Down Menu - We Provide Detailed Product Information As Each Photo Is Shown. Each Item Is Shown As The Customer It Was Built For Required Its Specifications. However Each Item Can Be Changed To Any Size Or Redesigned With No Design Charge.
Our Factory Designers Are Expert At Manufacturing Our Products And Are Not Salesman.
We "Only" Provide Accurate Facts About Each Product We Build. We Also Instruct Our Designers To Provide You Factual Comparison Product Information When Possible With Out Bias Or Hype.
Due to the vast array of Name Brand American Manufacturers that have in recent years sold out the public for higher profits with out regard for quality. Begining with the use of cheap foreign labor manufacturing along with pressed boards , veneers, and other low quality fake materials duplicating- coping the worlds famous quality designs without good conscience or regard for your future use requirements Not To Mention The Loss Of Your Hard Earned Investment.
Fact : These Types Of Products Will Never Become Heirlooms Or An Appreciable Assets - They Are Simply Furture Yard Sale Or Dumpster Fodder
Our Factory Designers Are Instructed Educate To Allow A Informed Decision
It Is Our Experience, Customers Informed And Educated Make SAF Their Choice
When You Order Pre- Hung All Door Jambs Include A Rabbeted Stop:
This 1" thick door stop is a permanent part of the structural jamb. It is created by cutting a dado cut into the jamb, to receive and seal the door in a closed position. This method insures a perfect seal every time. Unlike tacked on door stops that usually shift over time from the pounding force of opening and closing, this stop will remain tight and plum to your door.
When You Order Your Door Pre- Hung, The Weather Package Is Included:
Every door ordered pre-hung in a jamb is fitted with high density weather seals. These weather seals ensure the best protection from the elements. Also all side light and transom glass is installed and fitted with stops and sealed for long term comfort as well as energy conservation.
All Solid Wood Door Panels Can Be Fitted With Glass
All Structural Jambs Are Also Available With Glass Side Lights And Transoms
Standard Glass Or Artistic Glass Of All Types Are Available
Clear Or Decorative Glass Is Available: 3/4" up to 1" Thick Thermal Insulated And Tempered Clear Glass Panels Or Non Insulated 1/4" Safety Plate.
All glass panels are also available argon gas filled, low E, or laminated for hurricane codes. Please note that at altitudes of 4500 feet or higher that breathing tubes are required and to specify your altitude to your representative. We offer all types and thickness of glass and decorative glass samples are available.
Hand Etched Or Stained Glass Is Available: You may have your special art work hand etched in any glass.
We also offer all types and thickness of beveled glass as well as many colors of art glass, simply ask for samples.
There Is Never A Charge For Re-design
Every Door You Order Includes Your Choice Of Hand Rubbed Fine Furniture Finishes & Textures
Hand Rubbed Furniture Finish Details As Shown:
Color: Tar 1-2, Outdoor Oil - Light Distress Northern White Exotic Cedar. Our finish process includes five to ten coats of hand rubbed furniture quality clear oils or water based non-toxic lacquers. It is applied, cured, rubbed and re-applied depending upon whether your order is Limited Edition or old growth Original works. Every surface of this product is fine finished including the under sides and hidden areas.
These doors are built to investment family heirloom quality and are finished to be virtually maintenance free and will stand the test of time. You may choose the natural color or from over 400 standard stain colors, or computer color match to any stain color from a sample you provide. Most of our finishes are water based and earth friendly. You may order any single color or texture finish at no extra charge. Fine Finish Information:
Important details about our finish process: patinas, sealants and wood finishes.
Hand Carving Is Available To Your Design Choice
Hand Carving Information:
Important details about the kind of carving you can expect when you order from Scottsdale Art Factory.
You can order any carving colorized. In order to achieve a colorized carving, multiple stain colors are used. The stains are hand applied and blended with an artistic eye to achieve an enhanced natural appearance.
Security Grills - Motion Panels - Ornamental Steel Overlays
Motion Or Stationary Ornamental Security Panels Are Available: Handmade steel panels are made with independent locks and hinges to allow them to open to the exterior or interior side. This motion panel will permit easy access to any glass or wood panel behind it for cleaning or maintenance. Choose from the many design options shown or create your own panel design. All security grills are hand forged steel by our master blacksmiths with your choice of colors in hand applied patina finish.
Your Choice Of Artistic Hand Forged Door Pulls Is Unlimited
Your Choices Of Hand Forged Decorative Hardware Are Unlimited
All Steel Is Coal Fired, Hammered By Master Blacksmiths The Old Fashioned Way And Patina Finished.
At Scottsdale Art Factory, we take pride in our traditional, superior quality workmanship and craft our products from only the finest steel. Our master blacksmiths have been classically trained, and utilize old world techniques such as coal firing, anvil hammering and hand forging to create the finest handcrafted hardware available anywhere. All of our steel work is hand patina finished by heat applying iron oxides to achieve a natural patina finish that will stand the test of time.
Nothing is Drop Forged. We create works The Old Fashioned Way using solid hand forged steel, (drop forging is a poor quality, casted copy of a hand forged work of art). Nothing is wrought iron; wrought iron is simply a softer and less sturdy form of metal that cannot compare to stronger hand forged low carbon steel.
The kind of hand forged metal work you can expect when you order from Scottsdale Art Factory.
All Our Hand Forged Steel Is Hand Patina Finished To Stand The Test Of Time
Patina Finish As Shown: Various Colors Of Hand Applied Iron Oxide Patinas.
All steel parts are hand patina finished the old fashioned way by iron oxide hand applied with high temperature heat. We never powder coat or faux paint our steel,
it has been our experience that paint and powder coating methods do not hold up over time. You may choose from many natural iron oxide colors, and all our patina finishes are water based and earth friendly. You may order any single color or texture finish at no extra charge. Every surface of this hardware is finely finished including the under sides and hidden areas. Each item is finished to be virtually maintenance free and to age with grace to stand the test of time.
Your Choice Of Heavy Duty Fuctional Hardware Designed To Last
Hinge Choice #1: Heavy Duty Pin Hinges:
These hinges are finished to match your decorative hardware. Unlike most production or semi custom door manufacturers we offer only high strength hinges that will stand the test of time.
Hinge Choice #2: Self Closing, Tension Adjustable Hinges:
These hinges can be adjusted from 0-10 depending on the speed at which you wish your door to self close. You may also choose not to set the self closing tension. These hinges are finished to match your decorative hardware. Unlike most production or semi custom door manufacturers we offer only high strength hinges that will stand the test of time.
Hinge Choice #3: Interior Door Hinges:
These hinges are finished to match your decorative hardware. Unlike most production or semi custom door manufacturers we offer only high strength hinges that will stand the test of time.
Must Have - Adjustable Tension, Roller Style Door Latch:
This ensures that your door will not open in windy conditions even when the lock is not set. The roller pressure to strike plate can be adjusted to allow the push and pull resistance to be to your personal choice. Depending upon the size, your door unit may require more than one of these latches. This style of latch removes the need for leavers, knobs, and thumb push hardware that usually need early replacing due to use mechanism failure.
Lock Choice #1: Heavy Duty Dead Bolt:
This special dead bolt lock is built for our 3" to 7" thick doors. It is high strength tungsten steel and is almost impossible to breech allowing for the best security available. You may order single cylinder (thumb turn interior) or double cylinder (keyed both sides). This lock is also suitable for most commercial applications.
Lock Choice #2: Mortise Lock - Extra Heavy Duty:
This special heavy duty mortise lock is produced by one of the worlds top lock manufacturers specially for our extra thick solid wood doors. This style of lock requires a large mortised pocket to allow for the steel lock mechanism to fit inside the door edge. Also the mounting plates and locking bolt are larger than that of a standard dead bolt. This type of lock allows for additional strength and security. It is high strength tungsten steel and is almost impossible to breech allowing for the best security available. You may order single cylinder (thumb turn interior) or double cylinder (keyed both sides).
Sweep Choice #1: Self Sealing Mechanical Under Door Sweep:
This sweep is installed in the bottom of our 3"-7" thick door, it automatically raises and lowers as you open and close the door thus ensuring a perfect seal to your threshold every time. This sweep includes adjustable pressure turn that you may adjust to ensure a precise seal every time. As a side benefit, this type of sweep retracts into the bottom of the door as it opens to clear your interior entrance rug or flooring.
Double Doors Require Stationary Door Slide Locks:
The stationary door is required to be locked in order to allow the motion door to latch and lock. The strength of these slide locks are important to your security. Most leaver style mortise pins are weak and require very little force to break open. The solution is surface mounted solid steel slide bolts or drop bars.
All SAF Door & Gate Engineering Exceeds Commercial & Hurricane Requirements.
We Guarantee Each Item "Forever" " No Questions Asked, backed by over nine decades of fine craftsmanship.
Scottsdale Art Factory carries on the American Arts And Crafts Movement of the 21st century,
in the same way William Morris and John Ruskin (founders of the Arts and Crafts furniture movement in circa 1800 England) inspired Gustave Stickley (founder of the American Arts and Crafts movement) in America circa 1900. Frank Loyd Wright, Charles and Henry Greene (inspired architects of the ultimate cottages such as the Gamble House in Pasadena California
) are credited with raising quality standard to its highest level in their day. All of these great master craftsman also inspired the Marbella Brothers in the early 20th Century (founders of SAF circa 1913).
Every creative enterprise is always built on a foundation that was laid down by its predecessors. Creative people are also dependent on the groundwork laid down by those who came before them. H. J. Nick, artist and direct descendant of the Marbella brothers, and Scottsdale Art Factory have built on these foundations and have raised the bar of quality even higher. Thus setting a new standard and offering the finest one of a kind handmade furnishings found anywhere in the world in the 21st century.
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Our custom gates are custom handcrafted in the original craft and are not reproduction fast process gates. Our master-level craftsmen, wood workers, and blacksmiths use their classical training and artistry to hand build our gates using historically correct methods that have been tried and tested throughout history to last for generations. Using the correct building methods and tools as the historic design, we can recreate a design specific for each client's need for maximum security and an investment quality entrance gate.
Order your dream gate custom designed for your residential or commercial property, and make a proper first impression that reflects your personality and accomplishments in the same way kings, queens and other aristocracy have done for thousands of years.
Scottsdale Art Factory offers only the finest quality, artistic signature gates entrances, individually created by our expert craftsmen, wood carvers, and metal smiths; with no limitations on size, design, thickness or finish. We hand make wood and iron gates in any style - limited only by your imagination. Guaranteed "Forever" no questions asked. Virtually maintenance free. Our gates allow for maximum security that will last forever. Contact us to discuss your designer gate ideas at 1-800-292-0008.
We Can Help You To Design Your Dream Custom Gates - At No Extra Cost - Order Any Size Or Style
Gates Custom Built The Old Fashioned Way
"When Everything Made In America Was Built To Last Forever"
And Craftsmen Were Proud To Sign Their Work
- Size - any size gate, shape, design
- Style - iron, wood, hand carvings, decorative accents
- Panels - custom ironwork, speakeasy, wood, slats, dowels, grills, inlays, clavos
- Hardware - hand forged wrought iron handles, latches, hinges, grills
- Finishes - over 400 standard colors of hand applied stains and finishes or color match
- Learn more about our custom gates
Custom Driveway Gates - Scottsdale Art Factory
- American hand made natural air cured and dried solid wood and iron gates master crafted not fast process
- Full length solid timber - not fast process, no scarf jointed scrap wood, no veneers or fake laminates or kiln dried timber
- Solid hand forged wrought iron - no hollow iron or fake castings
- Available in variety of woods and metals with many stain and patina finishes
- Built in the original craft mortise and tenon- not reproduction
- Order any size or style gate custom designed for your residential or commercial property
- All custom gates are guaranteed forever - backed by over a century of fine craftsmanship
Custom Built Gates Handcrafted in America
Scottsdale Art Factory, an American manufacturer of handmade custom wood and iron gates, doors, and furniture based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Designs by H.J. Nick, have been designing and building some of the world's finest furnishings all handcrafted in America since 1913. Most of our clients want a furnishing that has a Big WOW factor and timeless elegance. They all want investment value furnishings that make a proper statement reflecting their personality, or the personality of the environment for which the designer custom furnishings are intended. Our craftsmanship ensures your custom gates and furnishings will stand the test of time, and all custom made gates and furnishings are Guaranteed Forever, backed by over a century of fine craftsmanship.
Call us to discuss your custom driveway gates project at 1-800-292-0008.
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