Oceanside, CA (PRWEB) April 17, 2010
Door Knockers and Bells .com is proud to announce the addition of artist Colby Smith’s collection of custom made door knockers to its compilation of products for sale on its web store, http://www.doorknockersandbells.com/ in the spring of 2010.
What began at an evening high school foundry course in 1976 has evolved into a studio craft that makes these original door knockers a functional art form. This craftsmanship is distinguished by: multiple metal casting methods, alloys, finishes and patinas, mechanical and welded assembly and hand-tooled texture and detail.
Colby Smith Door Knockers have been designed, created and sold for nearly 30 years. Including his wife, Jane, this is a two person operation.
The original design is usually modeled in wax. That design is then cast and made into a metal pattern that is used in a sand mold. The sand molding, using either yellow or red brass, is poured at a local art foundry. The raw casting is finished and assembled in his workshop. Finishing the metal involves various shaping, smoothing or texturing techniques using hand and power tools. The door knockers are assembled either mechanically or welded. Many of the pieces are patinated with chemicals and given a hand rubbed finish. We also provide nickel plating on any of the designs. In most cases, they are finished by dipping in an acrylic lacquer. They provide fasteners and instructions when necessary for secure installation on wood, metal and composite fiber doors. As a service to our customer, they will also re-polish and lacquer everything they make.
We like to think that the door knocker is most often the focal point of the door. It reflects something about the person that lives on the other side. Proportion is also to be considered when choosing a door knocker. Colby Smith tries to make his door knockers large and simple enough to be a recognizable shape, yet with hand detailing to hold interest up close.
Working in the yellow, red brass or nickel plate is aesthetically pleasing. Introducing a different metal color sets apart the door knockers from the rest of the door hardware. That way, the door knocker is a functional piece of art or sculpture to be enjoyed and appreciated. Colby Smith personally signs all the pieces and all are made in the U.S.A.
Colby Smith has been featured in the following articles, The Herald News and The Daily Collegian Online, as well as many more.
Door Knockers and Bells .com is the family based business of Bill & Mandy Atkission. We are based in Oceanside CA, close to the beach in San Diego.
Door Knockers and Bells .com is an online retailer of quality door knockers, bells and more that will enhance your home's front door and porch or make a wonderful gift for someone you care about.
We work with manufacturers and suppliers to obtain high quality, decorative products and outdoor home accents. We are dedicated to providing the best value for our customers.
Bill or Mandy Atkission
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