What We Do: The Subtle Nuances
What makes a door from Artisans du Bois more than 'just a door'?
Joinery: When creating exceptional doors, quality starts below the surface. Mass production methods and cost constraints lead to most doors--even those in today's luxury homes--being produced with the structurally inferior methods. All of our doors are constructed exclusively using mortise and tenon joinery, a method used for millennia and recognized for its superior strength and durability. The fundamental difference between our doors and others is simple: our doors are made to last multiple lifetimes. Similarly designed and constructed doors that are centuries old can be seen in Versailles, as made by master ébénistes employed by Louis XIV. This is the very reason that designers and architects will often pay top dollar for reclaimed 18th and 19th century doors imported from Europe.
Paneling: Panel matching adds significant aesthetic appeal to our doors. Panels are matched by selecting boards that complement each other in grain and color, and by using those same boards in every panel, from top to bottom. This provides a subtle, yet discernable continuity that catches the eye.
Hand Planing: With hand planing, less is more. Subtle hand planing adds another dimension to the texture and another layer of authenticity to our doors. Others may clumsily gouge their doors for an 'antiqued' or 'distressed' feel. However, the gentle hand planing on our doors is so nuanced, you may not even notice it until a ray of sunlight strikes it’s surface. It’s at such moments you’ll feel the gratification of owning a world class door.
Finishing: Most of our doors have either an oil or lacquer finish, which is buffed with a French wax. Waxing is the final step of a nine part hand finishing process that brings out the full depth of the wood's grain. This finish on our doors will grow increasingly beautiful over time with minimal upkeep. For basic maintenance, we recommend applying every few years the same wax from France used in our finishing process.
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