Do you know what happens after you collaborate with our experts and send your custom iron door through the fabrication process? Those 10-12 weeks before installation are critical in bringing your unique piece to life—and the artisans behind the process exude an unwavering passion and pride for their work. We are proud of the incredible team of talented iron workers and craftsmen. Learn more as we sit down with the head of manufacturing for an exclusive conversation.

A One-on-One Conversation

  1. How would you describe the skill and artisanship that goes into the custom fabrication process?

Clark Hall’s artisanship begins with the end in mind; the vision of our client. We are proud to have the collaboration of the best experts in our trade on our Clark Hall team—people that are very proud of their skills, labor, and knowledge. Some may think that our trade is losing its charm because of modern-day advances, but our artisans are able to combine new tools with classic training, creating truly unique, handcrafted pieces.

 

An artisan works on a custom weld.

2. What is required to develop these beautiful pieces of art?

There are 3 distinct elements required to create these stunning custom doors: 

    • Artistic skills are imperative to designing, engineering, and creating a functional, and beautiful architectural piece. Because this is a custom business, we need to be able to tackle each order individually, as every project is a bit different. That is the beauty of our business—it offers us a constant challenge, giving us the opportunity to find and develop new solutions to complex situations.
    • The element of fire is such a fascinating concept…it is one of the very basic elements to work with, and the whole wrought iron process starts with it. We need the power and energy of fire to bend iron.
    • Steel is the very foundation of our trade, and we have dedicated our lives to master the art of its transformation—from stiff and rough to beautiful and aesthetic. From the industrial, cold, and straight nature of modern steel profiles; to functional, stunning, and amazing pieces. This is not for the faint hearted, as only a few have the strength, will, and passion to create beauty from scratch.
An artisan works on welding a custom wrought iron scroll.

3. Can you describe the art and precision needed for the craft?

Simply put, being an artistic and precise iron worker means that you must blend technology with skill. At Clark Hall, we transform iron from a rough material to a beautiful piece of art—and to do so, we have to apply our knowledge of science and technology, and our skills and passions as artists. When we’re working on a custom door, we don’t solely rely on technology, but instead, use it as a way to support our craft. After all, a tool or piece of technology will only work as the hand commands. It will never matter how modern or “fancy” your tools are if you lack the knowledge, expertise, and experience. 

An artisan works on finishing the scrollwork for a custom iron door.

4. What makes Clark Hall doors different?

Clark Hall doors are different because they’re each a unique piece of art. We’re committed to fulfilling each client’s vision and bringing it to life—no matter how difficult the project may be, we are confident that we will find a creative way to solve the challenge. Additionally, we support our work with many quality controls that tackle different areas including technical, operational, and aesthetic.

Two artisans work on the finishing process for a custom iron door.

It goes without saying that our team’s love for the trade is undeniable. Our fierce passion and expert skillset breathe life into every client’s dream door—whether it’s an intricate ornate piece or a sleek modern entryway. It is both motivating and satisfying to know that clients trust us and that we get the opportunity to help make their vision for their home become reality. If you’re interested in taking the next step to designing a fully-custom door, please contact us to schedule a consultation. And, be sure to browse our entire project gallery to find endless inspiration.

Q&A about the Lake Norman Waterfront Estate

When you partner on a project as beautiful as this one, it’s always fun to look back and reflect on how you arrived at the finished product. Chatting with the brains and inspiration behind the design is one of our favorite ways to do it. Follow along as we interview Collette Wilson, the professional decorator that worked on this luxury Lake Norman Waterfront Estate.

The Project Profile

  • Designer Name: Collette Wilson
  • Occupation: Decorator at Saltwater Design Group, LLC
  • Home Location: Denver, NC

Our Exclusive Interview

Q: What first drew you to the Lake Norman area? And, what do you enjoy most about this property?

A: “We are southern Californians, and we, as well as our grown children grew up on the water surfing…Lake Norman is a great lake community with plenty of acres for all the water sports. We also knew that if we bought a home here on the lake, we would have guests all summer long, which is what we enjoy most! This north [lake] facing property has beautiful, 180 unobstructed views of the main channel and beyond. From the 4th floor, at almost 80 feet up, the waterscape is breathtaking. We enjoy both sunrises and sunsets year round…can’t ask for much more than that.”

Q: Have you made other changes to really enhance the home and make the lake view the focal point?

A: “When we bought the house, there were three layers of overgrown hedges which literally blocked the view of the lake from the ground floor. We removed all of that and re-landscaped with the view in mind. In addition, we have installed three floors of glass balcony railings to eliminate the busy black scrolled railings that were here when we bought the property. To finish that effort, we installed ‘ghost screens’ on all the upper decks in order to enjoy the outdoors bug-free all year and again, provide a clearer, beautiful view of the water.”

Q: You placed the dining area where most homeowners typically choose to create a living room. Can you share more about that decision?

A: “It’s all about welcoming and gathering at the lake. We all know that getting together for meals is one of the most enjoyed events for family and friends…we want everyone to know that’s just what is going to happen the minute they walk through the door. Not to mention, who wouldn’t want to have dinner with that view?”

Q: Considering the overall project, what is one element you knew you couldn’t compromise on?

A: “Simplification, modernization and aeration. We knew immediately that the house was too dark and needed to be white painted brick with black trim. That was a must. Secondly, it needed to breathe. Clark Hall Doors and Windows, along with other design elements, helped us achieve that effect with more glass, less bulk and thus, light, space and air. Our home has a whole new bright life now.”

Q: What made you choose a more modern iron door over more traditional options, like a wooden door?

A: “The re-design of the property was approached with minimalism at the forefront. Most of the dramatic changes made here over the past year weren’t actually made by [adding] elements, but rather simplifying or removing them. As you can see in the ‘before’ pictures of the home, there was a very heavy wood door that actually said ‘stop.’ The sleek lines of the Clark Hall iron door with the glass lights spoke to the transition of the overall feel of the property as now being a welcome, open home that says ‘come in.’”

Q:  What did you enjoy most about the process of designing your custom door?

A: “The ease in which it happened. We were working with many many contractors over the past year, and also with the same supply chain issues that most homeowners who are remodeling lately have been experiencing. Clark Hall made two trips to our property in which we decided on the door and window and then were given the specs for our contractors to prepare for the install. We were given an approximate date of delivery and install, and believe it or not, it actually happened. Not the status quo for most of our projects. And then, the install happened without a hitch. Yet another pleasant surprise. We couldn’t be happier with the entire process.”

 

We can’t thank Collette enough for her partnership and creative collaboration on this project. This one-of-a-kind home will be available for sale in Fall 2022. If you’re interested in working with Clark Hall on your own project, Collette has a piece of advice: “Do it. You won’t be disappointed.” Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experts, and be sure to visit our blog to see how you can start the process of designing a fully-custom door.