Majer Metal Works: The Valley Inn


Majer Metal Works worked closely with the clients, proprietors of an historic โ€œhorse barโ€ outside Baltimore, to create a set of 10 simple stools that would age gracefully in an outdoor bar area. The basic design came from careful studies of existing seating forms, and the stools were crafted using many processes including hand forming sheet on an english wheel, milling and rolling bronze seat edges, fully welding and finishing all seams, and carefully welding a rolled bronze footrest to the 2.5โ€ diameter bronze tube that makes up the main structure. An outdoor swivel mechanism joins the seats to the bases, and a specially designed wedge-key locks the stools into a socket in the ground while still allowing them to be removed easily after years of being outdoors. The patina was initially accelerated but has been allowed to age naturally, turning towards dark browns and greens over time.


A set of 10 custom bronze stools with a hand formed and welded seat pans, outdoor grade swivel mechanism, rolled and welded foot rest and specialized mounting system using bronze bearings and wedges.


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Working with Jiho is a unique experience. He is an extremely engaged photographer and he works very hard to capture the most compelling images that a particular subject might provide. He doesnโ€™t hold back, but he is also very particular, and the result is images with both quality and dynamism. His work ethic is impressive and his care in treating people never falters. In addition to shooting images of work going on in our studio, he has taken images of completed work both after and during installation. In all circumstances he has successfully engaged the people in the environment, making the process of shooting a difficult object in a busy place a special event rather than an imposition, and the results are visible in the quality of his work.

I would recommend Jiho for any project-his attention to the subject is just as careful when shooting a person, an inanimate object, even a pile of tools in a messy studio, and his kind-directness makes working with him so easy.


Malcom Majer

Principal and Lead Designer, Majer Metal Works

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