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What would you do with 40 year old Walnut Wood?

Most people would agree that Walnut Wood that has been allowed to cure for 40 years is something SPECIAL. Walnut has a very beautiful dark grain. Kirtz® has been able to acquire such a treasure as this.
If you are a Downton Abbey Masterpiece Series watcher, you can’t help but notice how much beautiful rich wood, is in every room in the Abbey. What Special Walnut project, can we create for you?
Here at Kirtz®, we handcraft all of our shutters out of hard woods including Walnut. Kirtz® Shutter craftsmen also create “one of a kind” live edge tables, mantels, and benches.
I will be discussing more about Walnut Wood in my coming blogs, but first I want to hear from you, “What Would you do with 40 year old Walnut Wood”?

Denise Tietz

this aged walnut will be used to create something beautiful soon

this aged walnut will be used to create something beautiful soon

Reclaimed Walnut Wood

How to install shutters in windows with wainscoting and chair rails

This post addresses one of the more complicated installations of shutters in rooms with wainscoting, since the wainscoting and chair rail actually wrap into the window jamb itself. Although a gorgeous look overall, this millwork package does nothing to compliment most inside mount window treatment installation.

Plantation window before

Here is a before photo of the window

How did we arrive at shutters, and could we have done other window treatments?

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Special Projects: ellipse eyebrow shutter

Another unique custom shutter to move through our facility recently was an ellipse shape that was destined for a home in Florida. There are a few features that made this plantation shutter stand apart from the rest.

1) Solid Walnut Plantation Shutter
2) Special 7″ deep framework served as an extension jamb designed to work with European style windows made by Tischler Und Son windows.
3) Unit size was 136 1/4″ wide by 39 1/2″ tall
4)  Ellipse shape required the hands of our most skilled artisans.
5) Shutter panels on the wings had fixed louvers per the customers request and the center pair were operable.
This walnut shutter spanned over 136" wide

This walnut shutter spanned over 136" wide

Notice the elliptical curvature of this custom walnut shutter.
Notice the elliptical curvature of this custom walnut shutter.

Do you have a highly custom project?  If so, we can help!  Call us at 800-416-6455.

 

Plantation Shutter with Insect Screens

Yet another unusual custom shaped shutter shipped from our facility this week.  These shutters, were headed to a home in NY and had an insect screen built into them!

How did we do it?

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A Case Study in Customization of Kirtz Plantation Shutters

Yesterday we finished a plantation shutter installation at a new branch of SNB, a local bank, with national presence.     Just like many of our jobs, this was a “one off” of Kirtz custom shutters.   Let me explain, with some photos to help.

Designer Request:

Make each window opening appear as one seamless unit, and provide a finished casing around the opening. Build the custom shutters out of oak and custom stain them to match the flooring.

Sounds simple, right?

The Challenge

When the windows arrived from the manufacturer the transom portion that seamed to the lower window did not line up uniformly.  This is because both outside and inside jambs of the upper unit were different widths than the jambs of the lower unit.

The Solution

Kirtz mounted the oak shutter and frame inside the window jamb with custom width framing around each unit.  This allowed us to align the stiles (vertical part of the shutter) so that each shutter panel is the same width and provides a continuitous vertical line.

One issue solved, one to go…….

The Challenge

Standard work of applying casing onto a frame at the factory would not provide a cased look to the opening since this opening had to be installed as four separate shutter units due to the window jamb issues mentioned above.

The Solution

Custom width casing was milled to be applied in the field around the entire window unit.  These trim pieces not only surround the outside of the opening, but run along all vertical and horizontal window mullions to provide a uniform cased appearance, eliminating any hint of the window’s irregularity.

The windows before hardwood shutters

The windows before hardwood shutters

This illustrates the different jamb widths of the window pre-shutter installation

This illustrates the different jamb widths of the window pre-shutter installation

This close up illustrates how we unified the upper and lower units to look cohesive

This close up illustrates how we unified the upper and lower units to look cohesive

Thefinished unit

Thefinished unit