Decorative Hardware Sources
Where to find the right hardware to complement your work
Synopsis: Chippendale hardware isn’t going to do much for an Arts and Crafts piece, writes Vincent Laurence of Fine Woodworking. But finding the right visible hardware can prove difficult. Here, Laurence lists suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers, and he explains how to have custom hardware made or designed for you. The article does not include suppliers for slides, hinges, etc. It does include a glossary of terms and different methods of manufacture used to produce hardware and what difference they make in the finished piece.
Vinyl siding wouldn’t look right on a 17th-century Colonial. And you ‘wouldn’t put mag wheels on a Model T. Similarly, Chippendale hardware is not going to do anything for an Arts-and-Crafts sideboard. Each furniture style has a signature look that extends to the smallest details, including the hardware.
The most difficult part of choosing the right hardware for a piece is often…