Darío and Elias have worked on a number of exciting outdoor projects. Woodwork intended for exterior use presents unique challenges as it is subject to extreme heat and repeated exposure to freeze-thaw cycles.
The Wood Studio was commissioned to build this window trim and slat work for the new Zedd Architecture office in London. The project was made from responsibly harvested Nicaraguan nanciton and finished with an exterior-grade lacquer.
The trim for each window is over ten feet tall and just under five feet in width. The panel of slats measures four feet wide. The trim was built in The Wood Studio using pinned mortise and tenon construction. The slats are secured to an extruded aluminum backing using stainless steel fasteners and epoxy.
Darío and Elias were honoured when The Wood Studio was commissioned to build a modern interpretation of a traditional Japanese Torii gate. Rather than mark the entrance to a Shinto shrine, this Torii gate made from green timbers of white oak serves as the centerpiece of a private garden in London.
The Torii gate combines age-old joinery with modern industrial elements. A custom-made metal bracket and stainless steel fasteners secure each post or "hashira" to a concrete footing, while wedges or "kusabi" serve to lock mortises into place.
Darío and Elias learned some Japanese while building the Torii gate. Elias is about to install the "gakuzuka" into the "nuti" before placing the "shimaki" over the two "hashira."