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Updated September 9th, 2008

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© Luke Mercier, 2005-2008; Photos by LM, All rights reserved

Hardware

Mercier Hardware continues to evolve through means of experimentation and
design improvement. Exhibited here are examples of hardware configurations
taken from my own handmade instruments.

The wall brackets are Bronze castings that are cast by a third generation jewellry
casting company in Toronto, Canada. Some are reproduced from original 19th
century pieces and some designed and patterned after period examples.

Mercier Hardware is available for custom commissioned works only.

 

 

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A.

A.C. Fairbanks reproduction double pointed shoe with inside threaded post. Thread size: 8-32

Cast bronze pyramid nut as seen on W. Boucher jr. Banjos.

B.

Mercier bracket patterned after early American banjo c. 1860's. To see inside fastener click here

Left: simple hand made brass pyramid nut with ballend hook.

C.

Plain Shield Bracket reproduction of original c. 1870's

Secured with 8-32 slot head brass machine screw and washer.

Standard hex. nut with ball end hook.

D.

Bronze Eagle Bracket - reproduction of original c.1870's

Secured with 8-32 slot head brass machine screw and washer. Standard hex. nut.

E.

Mercier patterned Bracket based on early elongated design from W. Boucher banjo.

Simple handmade brass pyramid.

F.

Shield with Stripes - reproduction of original c. 1870's

Standard hex. nut.

 

Submitting your own pattern

This handsome, whimsical Hank Schwartz design was thematically incorporated into a recent collaborative work, Violjo. The pattern was made in Brass. Luke welcomes hardware bracket patterns for use on commissioned works provided the piece is clean and cast able. Mold and pattern are returned with completed instrument.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Luke Mercier, 2005-2008; Photos by LM, All rights reserved