I make and sell ornamental fountain parts
I make and sell parts
The things I make work well. Making something "look cool" is easy. Pretty much everyone can do it. Making it work well is tricky.
- Water should flow cleanly off the spout. It should not flow back down
the face of the spout and stain the surface the spout is mounted on.
Here's an example
- Spouts should be easy to install. I'm interested in making parts that can be glued in place onto a PVC pipe. This is particulalry important in swimming pools and wall fountains where there is no access to the back of the wall.
- Parts should be durable and stand the test of time. I've seen parts made of steel and iron rust and stain the plaster and stone of the fountain they are part of. I've seen parts made of copper so flimsy that upon being dropped they deform so badly they must be discarded. I'm sure you don't want that. This will not happen to the parts I make. Hopefully they outlive us all.
- Parts are designed to be removable. Imagine how frustrating it would be to order an expensive part, have your contractor install it, then scratch or mar the finish, and find out there is no way to remove the part. I've been there. It's not a lot of fun. I hate to have to say this, but quite a few parts are not designed that way.
I'm a small studio I'm not making thousands of these parts, so minor modifications to a few of them isn't a big deal.
I've learned to appreciate well crafted objects and strive to make my parts as nice as possible. I have great admiration for small companies and individual craftsmen that make superior products domestically and supply people with meaningful rewarding jobs. I believe in local manufacturing. The rational side argues that it simply a matter of embodied energy while the emotional side says the country lose a bit of its soul every time a factory closes and jobs are moved overseas.
I design stuff
I focus on parts for smaller fountains but also get involved with other projects that capture my imagination.
I prefer to work in bronze because it's durable, relatively easy to work with and it offers a wealth of finishing options. But I'm tempted to make a few things in Stainless Steel.
It will take months not weeks. I hate to burst your bubble, but the process takes time, If you're in a hurry then this isn't for you.
It's not cheap A medium sized custom spout like the Karlo will cost about $4500 to design and make.
You may not need a custom design It might be possible to slightly modify an existing item to meet your needs. Ummm... somebody may already make what you want