The Right Kind of Hardware

Since its inception in the year 1972, Croft architectural hardware has been catering to both private and public enterprises towards their requirements for doors and window fittings. They are now a well established name in the industry well known for its superbly crafted and engineered products at a highly competitive price along with a very warm customer service facility. Their products range is crafted out of brass, aluminum and bronze and is exquisitely finished to give an appealing look.

Croft hardware are well reputed for its excellent quality an many esteemed houses and government structures such as royal palaces, castles and stately homes are adorned with Croft architectural hardware. This hardware ensures higher durability and long lasting service.

Croft hardware range includes numerous windows and door fittings and other residential hardware. One of the moist sought after fittings; they are a blend of traditional and modern style. These include front door fittings, window fittings, door furniture, pull handles, finger plates etc. The Victorian Suite and the Georgian Suite from Croft Architectural hardware represents the traditional art and craftsmanship in it.

The Door furniture and hardware includes door knobs, handles, flush pulls, locks, latches, letter plates & letters, door knockers etc. These also include hardware for door slide such as the channels and the hinges etc. Other fittings for the home also include hat and coat hooks, door stops, cabin hooks, bolts etc. There are also a large number of window and shutter fittings from Croft architectural hardware which includes casement and sash window fittings. ;

Various Georgian and Victorian style electrical fittings from Croft are exquisitely designed to give a novel look. Ventilators and signs are also manufactured by croft in different items. Shower hardware such as knobs, hinges, pulls; handles etc. for frameless shower door system are also a part of Croft’s range of products.

Barn hardware is a hardware manufacturer which offers a wide assortment of door hardware and other hardware. It is known for reproduction of antique style hardware with even more strength while retaining the original antique looks. Bifold panel hardware from Stanley hardware is yet another multi utility hardware for sliding doors and pocket doors. These are well known for their high quality and durability.

In the field of door and window hardware and fittings, wrought iron is being increasingly used due to its colonial looks with a modern style. Wrought iron hardware has a versatile look and the door handles, knobs, ring pulls, bolts etc. gives an architectural look and are even moderately priced.

Croft Architectural Hardware is available in various finishes such as chrome plate, antique brass, polished brass, satin bras, distressed brass, pearl nickel, satin chrome etc. Croft is continuously striving for betterment of its quality and improvement with innovative technology and is committed to produce quality products for the hardware industry.

Rustic Log Furniture, How to Find Quality Furniture and a Trust Worthy Seller

The great thing about looking for a retailer or manufacturer of rustic log furniture is there are plenty of sellers out there these days, especially with the age of the world wide web. Since the birth of the internet everyone and there brother seem to have tried to start making and selling all types of rustic furniture online, but what I am sure that they found out is that making log furniture the right way is a hard task to achieve. Now don’t take me the wrong way there are some great builders of this style of furniture and you will notice they are the craftsmen that have been around for a while. So knowing this let me tell you how to make the right decision on choosing your rustic furniture.

One of the first things you need to decide is the species of wood you would like to go with, there are dozens of them out there, but only a couple of good species that will stand up to the elements outside. There is hickory, cypress , pine(not recommended), aromatic cedar, eastern white cedar, Northern white cedar etc. As for the species I mentioned I can tell a little about each, hickory is a nice species but I noticed the furniture I see made is that the diameter of the wood is always small and I get a little suspicious of the strength of it. Cypress, has hardly no grain that I see compared to the rest. Pine is absolutely not for me, it is sappy and soft and it is not very durable. Aromatic cedar is a beautiful wood but when it weathers if turns dark in the elements untreated. Eastern white cedar people will say it is the same as Northern white cedar, but let me tell you its not, I know from working with it. The wood is really knotty and hairy compared to Northern white cedar. The looks are similar in color and the aging process is the same. As for Northern white cedar it weathers to a beautiful silvery gray if untreated and exposed to the elements. Northern white cedar can with stand the elements for years, some say that it will last for 50 years outside untreated, but I can tell you by experience that it really only last for 20 years. White cedar is not sappy at all, making it easier to stain or varnish unlike other species, like pine that will actually have the sap come out years later, right through the paint or varnish that was on there.

Once you decided the species the next thing to do is find the retailer out there selling the log furniture with that wood. When you locate this seller, keep in mind that if that seller is just a middleman, you will not get the service you will get from the actual manufacturer. More than likely, if that person is not the manufacturer and is just a website owner or guru, it is probably just a drop ship situation and they will surely tell you they can get you the furniture right away, when they have no idea of the inventory or how busy the manufacturer really is (don’t be fooled with factory direct, sales pitches). Second, just how much can that person really know about rustic log furniture if they are just an order taker. Dealing with the person who is actually handcrafting your furniture and can tell you exactly when it will be done, is by far a more reliable way to purchase your furniture. Trust me, there are more websites out there selling log furniture then there are manufacturers of it.

Now we can get to the construction of the log furniture. Some log furniture is sanded smooth, some are skipped peeled, some have the bark on and some are completely peeled. As for which one is better, I can only tell you what I think. The sanded log furniture definitely takes away from the rustic feel, skipped peel is a nice look, but I wonder about the smoothness of the wood with just a peel on parts of the log. The furniture with the bark left on definitely has to have some sort of finish on it to keep the bark on, and sometimes I have seen where the bark will peel off over time. Completely peeled log furniture is smooth with out splinters and can easily be treated and has the true rustic look and feel. Getting past that you should then take note of how the log furniture is actually connected together. Some furniture is just butted up together and is nailed, I do not recommend that style of construction. Most have a mortise and tenon connection, which is extremely durable. Things to watch out for with this is the size of the dowels, some out there will go with a smaller diameter dowel meaning their logs are usually smaller too. I recommend asking the diameter and make sure it is at least 1.25″, since that is the weakest point of the furniture. The diameter of the logs should be no less than 3″ as far as I am concerned. Most of the rustic log furniture I see on the internet does not meet that size on a good percentage of there lines of furniture, even though it looks large in the pictures I would definitely ask the sizes of the logs to get a good comparison from one builder to the next. The hardware that is used on the log furniture is a big factor also, because if you are going to have your furniture exposed to the rain and snow or what ever you don’t want the hardware starting to bleed or rust, all the hardware should be zinc coated on all parts of the furniture. This is one of the many ways that some of the manufacturers and garage builders cheapen the quality of the furniture. Another thing to look for in the hardware part of it is whether they nail or screw the furniture together, screws are the better way to go than nails, but nails that are hot dipped in glue are just as good as screws. The nails without the glue coating will actually start to back out over time due to the fibers of the wood pushing on them. If you take a closer look at the pictures and ask some of these questions you will get two things out of it, 1. You will find the better quality log furniture and 2. You will find out if that person who is selling you the furniture really truly knows anything about rustic furniture.

Other than construction or species the only thing I can tell you about looking for a quality piece of rustic furniture is that you should take a closer look at the company you are dealing with. Building rustic furniture is not like building a square table that can be pre cut to length and then put together on an assembly line. Rustic furniture needs plenty of design work, custom fitting, lots of judgmental decisions being made do to the differences of the sizes of stock, and craftsmanship that you do not get from the builders that have 75 employees, there is now way that all the employees have these kind of skills or patience or pride, they are on an assembly line slapping the pieces together and getting the furniture out the door to you, plus they have the big money to market the product and get the exposure to be seen by the public. Notice while your looking on the Internet or anywhere else that there are plenty of sites or stores with the same manufacturers, these are the big companies. Getting your rustic furniture from a small company that has been in business for at least 10 years and takes pride in every hand fitted piece, will give you all the things you need to get a quality piece of rustic furniture that will last for a long time to come.