We Custom Make Every Door In The Exact Hand And Materials Of The Original Design Plus Customer Request
Since 1913 we have been specializing in designing fine art, and we continue to create one of a kind pieces for our customers. Handcrafted from solid solid timber, using mortise, tenon joinery construction are handmade by master craftsmen. Our custom doors are handcrafted using hand hewn peg and dowel structure to ensure these custom entrance doors last for forever. All of our custom made doors are finished with a 10-step hand rubbed process for a virtually maintenance free. Our door hardware is available in a variety of styles and finishes and always hand built to your specifications by our master blacksmiths. Using tried and tested methods, centuries old. Hand forged wrought iron, anvil hammered and patina finished ensure that your custom door pull will never erode.
H.J. Nick Custom Made Designs, Personalizing For Every Customer
H.J. Nick designed this custom made door specifically for a customer’s Family history and love of history itself. Wanting the beautifully finished cross strap door to have a unique touch, he added the cross on the wrought iron door pull. To further customize this handmade door for this customer H.J. Nick added the birds representing our customers Family Coat Of Arms.
Historical Origin And Design Inspiration
The Almourol Castle is situated in the small Almourol island, a rocky island, in the middle of the Tagus river (rio Tejo), in Praia do Ribatejo, a parish in Vila Nova de Barquinha, Central Portugal. The castle was a Knights Templar stronghold used during the Reconquista. The site has been occupied since the antiquity. It is believed it was a primitive lusitanian redoubt and was populated from Roman times until the late Middle Ages. It is certain that in 1129, when Portuguese troops conquered the land, the castle already existed and was called Almorolan. The site was given to the Knights Templar, who built a settlement between the Mondego and the Tagus rivers. At the time, they were responsible for the defence of the capital, then Coimbra. The castle has been rebuilt, but it is assumed the architectural characteristics remain largely the same today.
Through an epigraph, placed on the main gate, we know that the reconstruction ended in 1171, two years after the building of the Castle of Tomar. The two castles have several characteristics in common, both built in the same style of military Templar architecture. Both opted for a quadrangular disposal of the spaces. The high walls are protected by nine circular towers, with a jail-tower at the center of the structure. These last characteristics constitute two of the innovative elements which the Knights Templar brought to military architecture in Portugal. The jail, which appeared first in the 11th century in Tomar, the main Templar defensive redoubt in Portugal, is unusual in pre-Romanic castles. The jail tower of the castle of Almourol had three levels and was significantly modified over time, while it still retains important features. The design of walls with equally placed towers along the walls, was brought to the western Iberian peninsula by the knights.