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 December 15, 2011
Hubbardton Forge Is featured On This Old House

David: The Public Broadcasting Service show ?This Old House? is working on its winter project to renovate a Rhode Island beach house that will feature at least 35 signature light fixtures created by the Hubbardton Forge in Castleton. The show?s host, Kevin O?Connor, was at the Vermont lighting factory Tuesday to film a segment of the 10-episode show that premieres nationally in January.

?We work on the dream houses for homeowners,? O?Connor said. ?Cookie cutter design is just not our way.?

Steve Rice, vice president of sales and marketing with Hubbardton Forge, said it is incredibly exciting to have the show highlighting the quality of its work to be shown around the country.

?In the aspect of exposure, we really want to get into the homes of our consumers,? Rice said. ?It?s indicative of work we can draw from in Vermont.?

??This Old House?? does two home renovation projects every year with an emphasis on what other homeowners looking to renovate their home should focus on. Each episode will focus on a different aspect of the project.

?It applies to all homeowners,? O?Connor said. ?They can go a long way to keep the house intact.?

The current house on the show, set approximately 150 yards from the beach, is a small cottage in Barrington, R.I., that the homeowners purchased after moving to the area from Chicago, the host said.

Cathy Miglorie, marketing manager at Hubbardton Forge, said the project?s light designer, Evelyn Audet, was familiar with the company?s work and recommended the show have all the light fixtures made in Vermont.

?I have been working with Hubbardton Forge for like 20 years when I entered the business,? Audet said. ?They are perfect for the house we are working on.?

The signature piece for the beach house, to be installed in the dining room, is the Brindille Pendant, meaning twigs in French. The design includes six hand-beaded, hand-forged twigs that are welded together to create the light fixture. A white, square lamp cover completes the light fixture.

The show?s film crew highlighted the complete forging process of the Brindille.

?It?s a very successful piece with soft edges but a high level of detail,? Rice said. ?It requires a great deal of skill in fabrication.?

Miglorie said this particular light fixture takes approximately two to three days to make.

Audet said the homeowners have an Asian flair for design and the lighting fixture for the dinning room will fit nicely with the decor.

?We liked the aspect of the rectangular, box shape with the twigs on the bottom,? she said.

Hubbardton Forge will also be highlighted in an episode by HDTV?s Property Brothers. The company was previously featured in the Science Channel?s ?How it?s Made.? The episode of ?This Old House? featuring Hubbardton Forge will air in March.

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Stephen Donofrio video tapes Annie Gorin, team leader, at Hubbardton Forge during a production of ?This Old House? in Castleton on Tuesday morning.
Cassandra Hotaling Hahn / Staff photo

Source: By Lucia Suarez/rutlandherald.com