Hudson, NY, situated 2 hours North of New York City on the East side of the Hudson river, has become a destination for Designers seeking out one-of-a-kind show pieces.  Considered “one of the richest dictionaries of architectural history in New York state”, Hudson has truly become a mecca in the Northeast United States for gawking at historic architecture…not to mention a tremendous resource for antiques.  The gorgeous row houses and Victorian homes dazzle daily visitors, and tempt city-dwellers to make the move North.

Door Knobs of Hudson, NY

Thankfully, much of Hudson’s Architectural detail is intact, including much in the way of vintage door hardware.  The warmth and beauty of this well-worn patina is undeniable.  Go for a shopping trip (Hudson Supermarket…fantastic antiques), enjoy fine food and drink (The Crimson Sparrow…yum!), and soak in the design detail of this Hudson Valley Renaissance town!

The craft of investment casting, or lost-wax casting, is as old as the days of the Pharaohs.  Investment casting allows for the creation of metal products with un-compromised structural integrity and aesthetic detail.  Door knobs, escutcheon plates, and door knockers have been fabricated via investment casting for centuries.  At SA Baxter, Investment Casting allows us to create unique classic contemporary luxury door hardware, with an uncompromised level of aesthetic detail.

With the advance of 3D digital design and fabrication technology, the speed and quality improvements brought to this old world investment casting realm are truly phenomenal.  SA Baxter utilizes the latest cutting edge 3D design visualization software (3D CAD), as well as 3D digital fabrication processes (3D CAM) as part of our daily production process.  Should the need arise to capture a sculptor’s hand-carved wax or wood model, SA Baxter has the means to reproduce gorgeous works of art via advanced mold-making techniques or even 3D digital laser scanning technology.

Part of the SA Baxter digital toolbox is 3D printing rapid prototype technology.  To say we’re extremely excited about the 3D Printing Revolution is the understatement of the decade.  Our in-house 3D printing capabilities allow us to quickly evaluate new product concepts, and dramatically reduce our product development cycles.  3D printing technology is advancing at a furious rate.  3D printing is revolutionizing the way designers prototype and even manufacture all spectrums of product.  Rest assured that we geeks at SA Baxter are always informed of the latest in 3D printing rapid manufacturing technologies, and eagerly participating in this tech-driven manufacturing renaissance.

Oh sure, this 3D technology is flashy and makes for good press…but what this really provides for our clients is design flexibility.  Clients can work with our highly skilled designers and engineers to quickly customize one of our standard products, or even develop a unique, one-of-a-kind bespoke piece in brass, bronze, or white bronze.  Please bring us a napkin sketch of your dream door hardware – and watch our designers bring your concept to fruition in living 3D color.

The red-hot  image board website,, has an obvious draw – Designers now have a convenient means of creating Inspiration Boards, and a visual tool to catalog their online finds.

We have been amazed at the sheer volume of images pinned relating to door hardware. Using keyword searches for door knob, patina, and even knocker brings up a wealth of fun images to peruse.  We have been delighted to see so many SA Baxter Door knobs and other products pinned and re-pinned.

We have added ‘PinIt’ buttons to our website to allow for easy collection of product images.   We can’t wait to see what Pinterest will do next.  Private Pin Boards and drag and drop functionality would be such a hoot!  We’re eagerly standing by…

Here is a project that was just finished.  The client used LV-3047 against zebra wood through out the apartment.

Nothing like the old days! The early part of the 20th century, Architecture was elaborate, ornate, and downright beautiful!  From the eccentric victorian style to the elegant Art deco style, homes and buildings in these styles were also finished inside to match the oppulance of the outside. Here I have found some wonderful early century knobs, levers, hinges, rosettes, and pulls.

Door Knobs




Brass Hinges

Spiral doorknob bronze finish SA Baxter Architectural HardwareMany homeowners are deciding to stay put rather than face an uncertain outcome in the current housing market. CBS recently released 12 Top Remodeling Trends for 2011 and they confirm people are choosing to make small changes to their homes rather than take on big projects. Homeowners are also more interested in making their homes cozier and letting go of the minimalist movement that has been so popular in the past. Interestingly enough, they specifically mention the benefit of  updating architectural hardware in the home. Not only is it a manageable project, but the darker finishes such as; antique bronze and nickel, give the home the warm, cozier feel homeowners are leaning toward. Hardware in warmer metal finishes, such as dark antique bronze are popular with  homeowners who are trying to make their homes a tranquil respite from the chaotic world outside. By keeping with a neutral palette, opening up floor plans and paying attention to fine details, such as door hardware and hinges, homeowners are not only making their homes a peaceful and relaxing place to live, but also adding value to their home should they wish to sell it in the future. For more  top remodeling trends for 2011, check out the full list at CBS