The weathered blue echoes the brilliant hues of the Provence region of France where Bryce and Linda Ritter love to visit and gather materials for Bryce Ritter creations. The lathe turned legs come from a table repurposed for another century or two of enjoyment.
The original French slat doors are typical of those used in farmhouses in Provence to allow air circulation and prevent stuffiness in rooms throughout the home. Inside, practicality reigns with surfaces of new material, smoothed and finely finished. No rough edges.
Hand Forged Staghorn Hinges
These amazing hinges, a distinguishing feature of several Bryce Ritter creations, are called "Staghorn" thanks to their size and ornamentation, and were found at a small country workshop in France.
You've searched high and low for the perfect table for that special hallway nook. In your mind you see the right color, texture and feel, yet it must be sturdy enough for years of daily use. Now you can have Bryce Ritter Custom Furniture make it for you. You describe it, we'll make it.
Through the years we have perfected ways to recycle weathered materials, like this tabletop, to preserve the look and texture of its well-earned character. You'll feel a rough texture but never a splinter or snag. One designer called it a "user friendly patina."
Industrial carts like this fabulously clever conversion, recreated by Bryce Ritter from original parts, played a yeoman's role in late 19th century factories. It's not just a one-of-a-kind coffee table, it's a great story.
Respect for Materials
Every treasure we create gets special attention. Here, every square inch of metal surface is specially cleaned, de-burred, and gently treated to preserve the incredible patina. The wood is either original or recycled wood carefully selected and treated to match.
We have hundreds of original pieces from which we model new parts when necessary. We had two matching legs for these stools. Using one of the originals as a pattern, we created the remaining matching legs on our wood lathe.
We coaxed an amazing color and finish from the original surfaces, and worked hard to make them match to a reasonable degree. Original nicks and dents remain, of course.
This Bryce Ritter sideboard started out as a beautiful pair of 18th century doors and hinges found in Provence. We matched them with heavy turned feet salvaged from Old City Philadelphia row homes, and used a range of other vintage materials to create this one-of-a-kind piece.
Side Board Vintage Materials
We clean the found wood we use in our creations, but carefully preserve its inherent aesthetic character. The centuries-old material peers through the newer milk paint finish to reveal rich details that allow you to enjoy the hewn textures and shapes of casually elegant Bryce Ritter Custom Furniture.
We created this piece with materials from four different sources. The bead board back, shelf unit and door came from diverse places. The wide-plank tabletop was once a massive floorboard that we brought back to life. Details like the vintage door pull and simple wood latch complete this gem.
Shutter Headboard and Bed
Massive wooden turnings form a solid foundation for this king size bed. The support structure is made from beams rescued in Chester County, PA. The antique shutters, salvaged from a French farmhouse in the hills of Provence, were made structurally sound and refinished while keeping the look and feel of the originals.
Repurposed with Purpose
The vintage shutters on this masterpiece define the personality of this unique custom headboard. The original details, like knurled fittings and wooden pegs connecting the panels, were strengthened and preserved to heirloom quality.
Windsor Side Chair
This chair was restored using components of castaway Windsor chairs headed for an undignified destiny, but rescued and returned to service by Bryce Ritter Custom Furniture.
This delightful Demilune hallway table was built using original materials including the tabletop crafted from the floorboards of an early 19th century structure that once served a Lancaster County farm.
No Detail Too Small
Notice that the table legs, originally square and much larger, have been reformed so that the legs fit flush with the wall. Just another example of the care and attention we give to every custom piece of Bryce Ritter furniture.
Small Storage Cabinet
Oozing with character, this Bryce Ritter storage cabinet features a remarkable hinged door found in Provence. The raised panel was hand carved, and saw at least two different installations, evident from the two remnant latch holes. The interior is all new materials, spotless, smooth and ready for service.
Sink and Cabinet
This Bryce Ritter mustard-hued sink and cabinet is stunning in any setting. The original iron Rams Horn hinges dance in stark contrast against the warm soothing color. The sink is a huge piece of carved soapstone, functional and ready to plumb. The premium faucets are new and were selected for their brown patina.
Art Made to Work
Everything you see and touch is art. Strength to hold the large stone sink comes from the purpose built core structure fashioned of new materials, made from the ground up using today's best cabinet making techniques. The result is an astonishing combination of art and function you can use on a daily basis.
This detail of the Sink and Cabinet show how different found materials, like this piece of carved granite, can work as an alternate sink solution.
Bryce Ritter Signature Square Pegs
Bryce Ritter's tiny square peg detail is a touch that harkens to the days before metal screws, nails and glue were used in furniture joinery. Notice the white edge painted to highlight the elegant lines of this wonderful desk, and how the original surface of the drawer is allowed to peer through the distressed finish.
Iron Work Table
Along his travels, Bryce happened upon the ornate iron panel featured in this table combining metal and wood materials. The decorative styling of the weathered grey ironwork adds just the right amount of sophisticated personality.
Function Meets Character
Weathered and perfectly aged, this ornate iron panel sings out against the clean lines of the black metal legs and base. The worn, specially finished wood top brings it all together for a piece that's equally strong as it is delicate.
This bench, used as a table here, was fashioned from artifacts found near the Swiss border. The influence of the European countryside shows in the curve-shaped trestle legs. The weathered surfaces and edges hint at service in a Swiss dairy barn.
Shallow Cabinet with Drawers
In Provence we acquire many examples of slatted doors that were used in country homes to encourage air circulation. These are old pantry doors converted into an elegant storage cabinet. The gray milk paint forms the middle tone while the bold black hinges and white trim add drama. Inside, the shelves and drawers are smooth surfaces ready for daily use.