Patternmaker: Peter Morenstein, San Francisco

Patternmaker: Peter Morenstein, San Francisco

The Craft behind Architectural Hardware

Whether it is called Builders’ or Decorative Hardware, Architectural Hardware starts with a consummate artisan, celebrated in 1945 by Edward Leslie, a pattern maker working in Oakland, California.

“A pattern maker is an exalted craftsman, the greatest common denominator, as well as the least common multiple of all industrial production. A pattern maker must have the creative conception of a draughtsman designer, the practical ability of a molder, the precise skill of a machinist, the analytical judgment of a metallurgist and the specific exactness of a mathematician. He must create a plan, or design, with vision and ingenuity and build the idea from trade to trade with practical knowledge: thinking and forming inside and out with length, breadth and thickness, adjusting accurately all values and dimensions and producing with dexterous finality any conceivable form to be cast in metal.”

Every piece of hardware begins with the ideas and expertise of a pattern maker whose vision is created by the manufacturer.