This bakers rack was delivered to my client today. It is 16″ x 48″ x 96″. The shelves are polished 3/8″ glass. This thickness of glass will support 8 lbs. per square foot.
It is entirely hand forged, utilizing mortise and tenon joinery, as well as rivets and collars. The mortises were drilled, not forged.
The finish was obtained by blackening with the carbon from an oxy-acetylene torch. The iron was then heated and 100% bee’s wax was then applied. Coppery highlights were added utilizing “Gilders Paste (TM)” after waxing. Re-heating the metal with the torch, the paste was allowed to flow, and blended into the wax.
The flowing motifs cascading down the front of the piece were applied to mimic the wall sconces, as seen in the image below.
The ball feet on the back side were threaded, and act as risers to level the piece.
The main frame was forged from 3/4″ square bar. Tenons were pulled out from the bar to form the joints.
“Every artist was at first an amateur.” ….Ralph Waldo Emerson