Rocky Mountain Hardware began as a family owned distributor and showroom for other manufacturers’ architectural hardware. Over time they began to notice a gap in the market, both in terms of style and the quality of the hardware’s operation. They found that architects, designers, and builders from the upscale Sun Valley, Idaho market were repeatedly asking for something that just didn’t exist.
That was the beginning of custom bronze work by Rocky Mountain Hardware. Whenever a need arose on a project for a particular type of hardware that just couldn’t be found, the company created it. This grew into the realization that there was a market for a new line of hardware: a simple, handcrafted look that would work equally as well in a rustic log home, a Mediterranean-style villa, a French country house, or a more contemporary-style project.
Since then the collection has grown from door hardware and accessories, to sinks and faucets, to tile and lighting.
How It’s Made – The art of crafting molten bronze to fit the image in an artisan’s mind begins with art-grade bronze ingots. At temperatures of up to 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit, 300 pounds of molten bronze is hand poured from the crucible to the mold, creating the raw castings which are then given to the experienced hands of highly skilled craftsmen for detailed, perfect finishing of every surface. From there, the bronze enters into a partnership with its environment, responding with ageless grace to the forces of time, touch, and climate to deepen the patina, mellowing it in a way only nature can, as evidenced by the beauty of ancient bronze statues.
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