Jim Thomas, Artist
Jim Thomas
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Doors & Gates

custom steel framed gates with Ipe Brazilian walnut wood doors

Steel-framed garden gates with weather-resistant Ipe (Brazilian Walnut) have become a favorite addition to central Texas homes and businesses. These double gates, installed by Thomas Studio, were a part of a larger project featuring several entry gates to a formal water garden in Davenport Ranch development off Capitol of Texas Highway at Lake Austin. Additional steel and Ipe gates are under construction by Thomas Studio for other central Texas residences . . . pictures to follow.

Thomas Studio recently finished this double compound curved entry door of Brazilian Tigerwood for a Lake Austin residence. Miro Rivera, architect, designed the tigerwood doors. The door is 8' high x 4' wide and varies in thickness from 3" to 6". It hinges on top and bottom mortised hydraulic offset closer pivots with a 1000# capacity.

The hydraulic pivots are mortised into the top and bottom of the door and provide automatic programmed slow closure of the door, 90 degree stand-open and final closure hesitation to protect little fingers.

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(Below) Deadbolt and mortised end plate assembly in progress.


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Steel and Ipe Wood Entry Gates

Fabricated steel and Ipe wood entry gates by Thomas Bronze Studio were recently installed at a Lake Austin residence. The 16' double gates were custom designed by Stephen Kubenka Architects of Austin and were fabricated by Thomas Studios along with a smaller set of double entry gates. Thomas Studio produces a wide variety of architectural art.


Wrought Iron custom doors

Thomas Studio recently completed a series of commissioned antique wood doors for a residence on Lake Austin, Texas. The 8-feet arched double-front entry doors were crafted out of 3-inch thick Burmese teak. The carriage entry doors featured laminated jambs, full-length edge splines with half lap joints. The hot-forged steel bracing, hardware and hinges are by Thomas Studio. The steel includes four 7-inch handmade ball bearing hinges per door. The finish was hand-rubbed oil and wax.

Wrought Iron custom doors

The 8-feet high porch entry double doors feature a full transom and double-insulated glass, protected by hot-forged steel ornate grills on the doors and transoms. The wrought iron was designed by Thomas Studio and forged by Frank Lily of Round Rock, Texas. Wood for the porch doors is antique old-growth Douglas fir, recycled from a 100-year-old cotton warehouse from Montreal, Quebec. Joints are through mortise and tenon. Hinges and hardware are from France. The wood finish is hand-rubbed oil and wax.

Thomas Studio crafted custom double entry doors and double porch doors facing the lake, using plantation (save the rain forest!) Burmese Teak for the entry doors and recycled Douglas Fir, salvaged from an 1998 Montreal, Quebec cotton warehouse for the porch doors.

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The double entry doors are eight feet high by four feet wide, with a four foot high teak transom. The three inch thick doors were constructed with random width panels, butt edged together with hidden full-length high-density polyurethane biscuits, surrounded by an edge frame with overlapping mortised corners and fastened with stainless steel screws and matching teak plugs. The panels were intentionally left unglued to allow for expansion and contraction due to the high humidity lakeside exterior and low humidity air-conditioned interior.

The entry doors used wrought iron cross and diagonal straps inside and out, supported by handmade steel ball bearing hinges. The doors were secured with Thomas Studio wrought iron mortise locks and a sliding deadbolt. The Burmese Teak entry doors and the Douglas Fir porch and mezzanine doors were finished with multiple coats of Thomas Studio proprietary blended oil and stains mixed with a final treatment of penetrating wax for UV (ultraviolet radiation) protection in the hot Texas sun. Thomas Studio will seldom use a hard finish such as varnish for exterior applications.

Wrought Iron custom doors Wrought Iron custom doors The three sets of double eight-foot lake side porch doors with four-foot arched transoms were constructed from the recycled Canadian Douglas Fir 4" x 12" x 26' beams. Each beam was carefully selected to retain the original bolt and nail holes and bluestain to enhance the "antiquing" effect. Hidden pieces of bolts and nails were located and removed with the aid of a metal detector. Thomas Studio designed and produced the entry door wrought iron and also designed the porch and mezzanine door and balcony grillwork.

Wrought Iron custom doorsThe lakeside porch doors and transoms were hand sanded to deepen the wood's softer veins while leaving the harder veins raised which produced a natural antique weathered wood appearance. Locally quarried and carved Austin Cream Coquina (Scallop shell fossil) stone was selected for all the door and window surrounds. Wrought Iron custom balconyDelicate wrought iron grills were made to protect and enhance the doors and transoms without blocking the view of the lake and its century-old Cypress trees. The grills were hinged to ease glass cleaning.

Upstairs mezzanine doors were also made from the recycled Douglas Fir, using delicate wroughtiron outside grill work that duplicated the wrought iron grills on the downstairs porch doors.

One of two upstairs mezzanine balconies with wrought iron railings, designed by Thomas Studio and produced by Frank Lily Wrought Iron of Round Rock, Texas.Wrought Iron custom doors

Wrought Iron custom doorsCustom recycled Douglas Fir kitchen door with hand-braided wrought iron security grill. Hand carved Austin Cream Coquina Scallop shell fossil stone surrounds the door and its outside wainscoting.

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Thomas Studio recently fabricated a commissioned, matched set of 8-foot tall steel front entry doors with beveled and engraved glass with a custom-sculpted matching cast bronze door pulls for a Lake Austin residence. The project included five matched sets of 12' steel porch doors, all with ball bearing hinges. steel custom doorssteel custom doors

These custom double, eight-foot steel doors are accentuated with sculpted and cast bronze door pulls. The bronze door pulls received a special gun-metal gray patina. The owners' names are acid-etched in the lower pane of the hand-beveled safety glass.