Experienced woodworkers know that one of the keys to a successful project is to have the hardware that will be used on-hand before the planning stage is complete and building begins. While having a thorough (and accurate) understanding of the hardware is one reason to explore what is available, I also study hardware for inspiration. The wide variety of hardware available today exhibits so many textures, lines and shapes. Here are some of the pieces of hardware from the Lee Valley Tools Ltd. catalog that inspire me.
Sometimes I think about what the piece of furniture I might build would look like to go with a particular piece of hardware.
Cast Steel Hands from Lee Valley Tools Ltd.
Other times, I visualize a certain element of the hardware incorporated into a design.
Hollywood open handle from Lee Valley Tools Ltd.
Or I may imagine the pull or knob scaled up as a piece of furniture.
Playful Nature handle
The Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual event where artists of various mediums open their studios to the public. This pair of antique nickel pulls with a decidedly organic design are from exhibitor Big Bang Boom. Both are the same size and shape, but not quite identical.
These pulls are the type of hardware around which I could design something. This page of my sketchbook shows some of the possible orientations for the pulls.
A page from my sketchbook
While sketching I focus on drawing as many possibilities as I can, regardless of whether I think they are good ideas or not. I feel that the two pulls should be located close together to visually tie them together. That suggests they would be used as door pulls rather than drawer pulls which are typically mounted in the middle of the drawer to prevent binding when opening.
Or is there a way to have them as drawer pulls close together and not have the drawer bind?