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#MakersMakeUs – James

“God left the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon. He left electricity in the clouds, the oil in the earth. He left the rivers unbridged and the forests unfelled and the cities unbuilt. God gives to man the challenge of raw materials, not the ease of finished things. He leaves the pictures unpainted and the music unsung and the problems unsolved, that man might know the joys and glories of creation.” -Thomas Monson

Put simply, the exhilaration of being creative and the feeling of accomplishment that often accompany hard work bring happiness.

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James Baker

Research // Development Manager

Meet James Baker, known as Goose around the shop for his fun-loving personality. He’s our Research & Development Manager. Born and raised in the West, James is an avid outdoorsman, fisherman and hunter. One of our favorite stories about James is the time he sold his beloved Jeep to buy his wife’s engagement ring. Happy First Anniversary, James!

How do you describe your job?

I am the new product manager. I manage our hardgoods and softgoods production. I make sure we are designing and building new products, and that we get all the kinks out of the prototypes before we sell them. It’s a collaboration of everyone’s ideas and we try to use each good idea.

“I love taking all the raw elements I see in nature and bringing them indoors.”

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What do you like to do outside of work?

I love everything about wildlife and I really enjoy watching documentaries and NOVA.  I get out quite a bit to fish and hunt, to camp and spend time with my wife. I also like building things around the home, doing yard work and fixing up our space. We’ve made tables and shelves and done all sorts of landscaping.

How did you get into building?

I was mowing lawns as a kid to make extra money, and a guy in the neighborhood noticed my work ethic and it went from there. In high school, I worked for a builder helping to expedite projects and eventually it turned into a full-time job. I’ve always been artistic.  My dad is an artist, and I feel like I inherited that talent to draw and be artistic, but I don’t like to just sit and draw.  I like to be doing something and working with my hands, so building and designing is the perfect job because I can still be an artist.

Where do you find inspiration?

MakersMakeUs James_0007Being outside brings inspiration, like watching a sunset or sunrise. I love taking all the raw elements I see in nature and bringing them indoors. In regard to specific projects that I’m working on, I get inspiration from other people. I like to look at constructive criticism and feedback and build from there. I talk to my mom, my wife, the people in our showroom, and I ask them what they like or what they’d change. Where my creative talent really shines is when I’m trying to fix something.

“Remember that you don’t have to please anyone else when you’re creating. Take Picasso- he didn’t care if people liked or didn’t like what he painted, he just stuck to his own thing.”

What advice would you give someone who wants to be more creative?

I think a lot of people are too hard on themselves and give up too quickly. Don’t give up!  Keep studying and working on it. Remember that you don’t have to please anyone else when you’re creating. Take Picasso- he didn’t care if people liked or didn’t like what he painted, he just stuck to his own thing.

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Rustica Lock Measuring Guide

Measuring Distance

This is the measurement from the top of your door to where you'd like the lock handle. This measurement allows you the flexibility to place the locking mechanism where it will not interfere with any existing handles or fixtures pre-mounted to the door. You'll need at least 2-1/8" clearance below. See Picture

Hole Placement

Introducing an easy solution to little ones slamming your barn door! Our new Closure soft-stop system slows you door down before it makes contact with the track stop. This ensures a smooth stop every time. The Closure system has been specially designed to be universal with all Rustica Hardware flat track systems, no matter the length of track this product will work with your flat track system. Product comes with (2) Closure mechanisms (one for each side of the track system) to protect your system whether it’s being opened or closed.

“Slab” refers to the door only where “Pre Hung” includes the door, hinges, and the door jamb pre-assembled with Rustica standard hinge positions.

Our designer corbels are sold in pairs. Each pair of mantel corbels is made of solid alder wood and designed for use with our floating mantel shelves. Corbels are easy to install and add a substantial design feature to your mantel space. Corbels will come finished to match the color and texture of your selected mantel.

For borehole backset (horizontal location of the doorknob), measure the distance from the outer edge of the door to the center of the borehole.

This is the width, height and thickness of the door itself. If you are replacing a slab (door without the jamb), fill in the exact measurements of the existing slab.

To measure rough opening height, measure the distance from the stud above the door opening to the floorboard at the bottom of the door opening.

To measure rough opening width, measure the distance from the stud on one side of the door opening to the stud on the opposite side of the opening.

Measure the existing slab, that you're wanting to replace, from the top of the door to the top of each hinge. You will format your entry in this format: Hinge 1- 10" from top of door. Hinge 2- 22.

Select which side of the door you'd like your pull/handle to be located when facing the front side of the door (the side of the opening in which you can see your track/rolling system). The back side handle will be placed on the same side of the door as your front side handle.

NOTE: The current lead time for Brushed Steel and Brushed Stainless Steel on the Box system type is 7 weeks.

Hinge Placement Instruction

To identify hinge positions, measure from the TOP of the door to the top of each hinge.

Door Accessories

Spice Rack

The spice rack is great for holding an assortment of items.

Stories Told Bookshelf

Four shelfs total, our biggest bookshelf.

Steam Engine Bookshelf

Two shelfs, with a beautiful design.

Coat Hanger

The perfect coat hanger for any office or home entry.

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