Craftsmanship

Incomparable Artistry. Authentic American Craftsmanship.

Every piece of Rocky Mountain hardware is handmade from mold to finish in the USA.

We don’t do mass production. Each piece of our hardware originates with an artist’s vision and is brought to life by many hands – hands that use time-honored Old-World techniques and skilled craftsmanship as they usher each piece through our meticulous production process.

Our products are 100% made in the USA and touch no fewer than 30 hands as they are individually cast. Each piece undergoes a rigorous 20+ step process, which includes a state-of-the-art precision operation to ensure that each piece of our hardware functions precisely and reliably, the way it was intended.

If that doesn’t describe authenticity, we don’t know what does.

From our hands to yours, we’re proud of our process and the products that result from it. It’s not common practice in our industry, but we don’t mind being labeled as uncommon. We think it suits us.

Uncommon and authentic – that’s Rocky Mountain Hardware.

Old World Artistry

The art of sculpting molten bronze into intriguing silhouettes dates back thousands of years. Today, our highly skilled artisans draw up the same time-honored traditions that have been passed down through the generations to handcraft hardware and accessories of uncommon beauty and enduring style.

Using Old-World casting techniques, an expert craftsman begins by hand sculpting imaginative ideas into pattern boards to create casts using sand or wax.

Sand Casting

Sand is compacted tightly to both sides of the pattern board. Once set, the boards are removed, and each half of the mold is carefully inspected. The halves are placed back together, forming a cavity to hold the molten bronze.

Next, 300 pounds of bronze ingots are melted in a crucible, reaching a temperature of 2,200°F. The bronze is poured by hand into the casts and left to cool. After cooling, the product is removed and sent on for finishing.

Lost-Wax Casting

For designs that are a bit more intricate, the art of lost-wax casting is employed. This process is extremely time intensive as the wax molds are dipped in a ceramic slurry multiple times and must dry completely between each dip.

The molds are placed in kilns to harden. Then, hot molten bronze is poured into the cavity. Once hardened, the shell is cracked off by hand to reveal the bronze piece nestled inside.

State-of-the-Art Machinery

After the casting is complete, each piece moves through a series of steps to add precise functionality.

We employ over 20 computer numeric controls (CNC) machines to ensure that the hardware functions flawlessly for a lifetime. These state-of-the-art computer programs are written to make our machines perform to our exacting specifications.

We also have large lathes to turn specific parts, as well as water-jet machines to cut 2D custom parts using high pressure. Our advanced technology gives us the ability to create virtually any custom request.

Once in the studio, the artistry and detail of the pieces are highlighted with a warm, hand-applied patina and hand- rubbed polish. The finish grows richer and deeper over time as it responds to its environment for one-of-a-kind character.

The end product is a sculptural work of art, the handiwork of many, and one that is expertly crafted to last a lifetime.

Made to Order

Custom

Complete customization is at the core of what we do. Let us turn the image in your mind’s eye into a piece of working art that is exactly what you are looking for.

Custom Work

Artistry At Work

Glass Door

Our hardware and accessories add unique, organic character to any aesthetic, while and seamlessly tying spaces together.

Featured Projects

Living Finishes

Finishes

Our selection of exquisite, hand-applied finishes highlight the detail of our hardware, and add a warm, living element to each piece.

Finish Options

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