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Old 07-25-2015, 04:03 AM
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Default Miss Camille's Gate

Recently was commissioned to make a gate to replace one my clients were not too fond of, to put it mildly. They wanted the gate to look very old. Fine. I gathered up some very old wood, came up with a design and they signed off on it and I got to work.

Old, twisted wood is not a real joy to work with. My joinery was naturally, mortise and tenon. (I did not have my Domino 700 at the time, but it would have made this gate much, much easier to join.)

When done, the client was very happy. I was happy to be done with it.
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Old 07-25-2015, 06:30 AM
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Nice. Very idiosyncratic. Great paint color!
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Very nice job, Phillip!

Is blue the only legal color for trim in NM? Having vacationed there several times, I noticed a trend....
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Old 07-25-2015, 03:55 PM
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Nice. Very idiosyncratic. Great paint color!
Thanks for the thumbs-up, Peter!

I cannot take credit for the paint job. That was Miss Camille's fine work.
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Very nice job, Phillip!

Is blue the only legal color for trim in NM? Having vacationed there several times, I noticed a trend....
I once had a shop in Old Mesilla and you had to have a permit before you painted ANY part of your house. And yes, the colors had to be approved before you began. I think they want to protect the old New Mexico pueblo-style look of the village and non-conformists are not welcomed or allowed. I was good with that and that very idea is what makes Santa Fe so special although Santa Fe has TOO MANY non-conformists IMO.

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I once had a shop in Old Mesilla and you had to have a permit before you painted ANY part of your house. And yes, the colors had to be approved before you began. I think they want to protect the old New Mexico pueblo-style look of the village and non-conformists are not welcomed or allowed. I was good with that and that very idea is what makes Santa Fe so special although Santa Fe has TOO MANY non-conformists IMO.

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Funny story about Santa Fe. The regimen that everything must be adobe was by design of the local Chamber of Commerce. And it wasn't their first idea. Their initial fiat was that the City Style should be that of Granada, with moorish features. The first implementation was the Scottish Rite Temple, that pink monstrosity on Paseo de Peralta. That caused so much commotion that they went to plan b which was the faux adobe "Pueblo Style."
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Funny story about Santa Fe. The regimen that everything must be adobe was by design of the local Chamber of Commerce. And it wasn't their first idea. Their initial fiat was that the City Style should be that of Granada, with moorish features. The first implementation was the Scottish Rite Temple, that pink monstrosity on Paseo de Peralta. That caused so much commotion that they went to plan b which was the faux adobe "Pueblo Style."
That building truly sticks out like a sore thumb. While living there I never saw anyone go in or out. I'm sure they did, but it's a very strange building considering where it is located. Actually, that particular building may stick out anywhere. While growing up there I always heard weird stories about it, but who knows?

Yesterday I was glancing over my copy of 'New Mexico Furniture 1600-1940' by Taylor and Bokides and they noted that John Gaw Meem was one of those responsible for setting Santa Fe on its pueblo style architecture journey. He arrived in Santa Fe in the 1920's and built the La Fonda hotel. He went on to design several churches in the area as well.
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The Scottish Rite Masons normally meet once a month in most locations. Our Temple has two "reunions" each year for ceremonies.
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