Historical Origin And Design Inspiration
Window glass was in use from at least the first century AD, and coloured and painted window glass for use in religious buildings was also manufactured at an early date. The earliest extant example of ecclesiastical stained glass is possibly that from San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. A clear glass roundel with a depiction of Christ in Majesty, thought to be sixth century, was discovered here.
Some of the earliest known examples of coloured window glass, datable to c. 800-820, were recovered in excavations at the Abbey of San Vicenzo in Volturno, Italy. Glass of the same colour ranges and similar date is also found in England, at the monastic sites of Jarrow and Monkwearmouth, and at other sites in the north of England.
These examples are not painted. However it was not until the advent of the monumental cathedral and church building campaigns in the eleventh and twelfth centuries that the demand for coloured glass began to increase significantly, reaching its highest level in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The oldest surviving stained glass windows still in situ are thought to be the Prophet Windows in Augsburg Cathedral, of c.1065.
A useful twelfth-century source on medieval glass manufacture is the De Divers Artibus of Theophilus Presbyter. Theophilus was a Benedictine Monk, believed by some scholars to be Roger of Helmarshausen, a metal worker who practiced in the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries. De Divers Artibus describes a number of craft processes including glassmaking and glassworking.
Slightly later in the twelfth century, Eraclius, in De Coloribus et Artibus, also gives an account of methods for producing coloured glass, although he may have copied much of his text from the Naturalis Historia of Pliny the Elder of c.77AD. Later in the medieval period Anthony of Pisa, Cennino Cennini, and Agricola also contributed texts on aspects of glassmaking and glassworking.
You May Order:- Straight Top - Eyebrow Arch Top - Full Arch Top - Single Window - Double Windows - Large Store Front Windows - Large Glass Fronts - Any Size And Style.
We Do All Types Of Authentic Stained, Decorative, And Beveled Glass. In The Same Hand And Methods As Has been Used For Centuries
As Shown: 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 windows or doors the price includes all design drawings for your approval and your choice of finish.
All Windows Are Built With Structural Jambs And Sills
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 Order Includes Your Choice Of Hand Rubbed Fine Furniture Finishes
Hand Rubbed Furniture Finish Details As Shown:
Color: Chestnut Roan, 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 Hardware 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.
All SAF Windows - Doors & 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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