You will notice the craftsmanship, fine finish, warm glow of these Vermont-made fixtures but we got an insider’s tour of the Castleton forge that shines a new light on these storied sconces and chandeliers.
It all starts with David and the product design team who present their inspiration on napkin sketches and foam folds…to Jason in R&D and prototypes. The modern day alchemist turns what looks like origami into a 10-stage process (each of which requires some 20-40 steps) that molds metal heated to nearly 2000ºF into award-winning lighting right here in Castleton VT.
We started in the forge, where Annie and her team heat the metal in “ovens” using equipment that was built as far back as 1885, then mold it into pieces like the iconic basket (which we tried to make) on a device that uses a tractor wheel to turn the steel as it cools. My attempt would be in the 1 percent that doesn’t make the grade. Hubbardton Forge boasts a 99.3 percent perfect result at the end of a closed loop manufacturing cycle that allows them to create custom pieces and turn projects around in 21 days or less.
Traveling the path from forge to finish was an education in the marriage of traditional tools & hand-crafted detailing to state-of-the-art machinery, hi-tech process and sustainable manufacturing. And it all comes together in the lights that will brighten Stratton’s Base Lodge this season.
UPDATE: July 30, 2015
This summer's project is making progress. Be the first to see our new lighting in the Base Lodge from Hubbardton Forge.
UPDATE: July 21, 2015
A new addition has been added to the base lodge fencing. See a timeline outlining the history of Stratton up close.
|Jakober Haus 1642, a wooden structure discovered by Stratton founder Frank Snyder in Alpach, Austria, served as the model for Stratton’s Base Lodge which since 1961 has welcomed generations of friends and family.|
The design delivers the seating we need with revised floor plans to meet the demands of an evolving market while maintaining the solid structure and traditional elements of Stratton’s original Base Lodge,” explained General Manager Bill Nupp.
With state-of-the-art kitchens, modern food storage systems and advanced prep technology, guests can expect exceptional dining experiences with high quality meal options in the Base Lodge, across the mountain and throughout the resort as well as in catering for special events,” he added.