Vixen Hill does not use random lumber yard picks and varied species. Our private lumber mill saws cedar tree-trunk cants for the tightest, most vertical grains. Air-dried for six months, the cedar is then precision milled to military standards and assembled into finished products. It's the world's best western red cedar and is rot and insect resistant while offering the highest strength to weight ratio of almost any wood.
Vixen Hill's traditional proven joinery uses wooden pegs, tenons, mortises and rabbeting in their products. That's because centuries of testing have proven these to be the most reliable way to join things. Glues are used sparingly when needed. Only Vixen Hill includes angle-beveled horizonal cross rails in their louvered shutters so you can't see through them. Vixen Hill's eye for detail and construction methods are simply the best.
Vixen Hill's angled shutter cross rails and vertical grain are just two of the details that make us unique. Our design proportions follow the "Golden Rule" of design, making the product experience comfortable and visually pleasing.
Vixen Hill has forty years of coating application experience and are experts on painting cedar. Vertical grain is primary to coating adhesion because it promotes penetration and eliminate the onion-skin delamination you'll find with other manufacturers. This is the primary reason Vixen Hill mills for vertical grain. Sherwin Williams and Haley paints are used.
Vixen Hill offers a huge variety of hinges, pintles and shutter dogs, excepting only the the extremely obscure items sometimes suggested by others. Much of Vixen Hill's hardware is authentic to different periods. Copper and aluminum capping are also available and suggested. Vixen Hill even offer static mounting systems.
Vixen Hill is heavily vested in getting your shutters to you undamaged. We don't have the time nor do we want to waste material in "remakes." Feel confident that Vixen Hill offers the very best and should be asked for a quote before you settle for any one else's disasters.
Shutters shall be fabricated from clear, select #1 or better air-dried western red cedar. All wood shall be sound and suitable for safe use, free of loose or open knots. Tenon pegs shall be clear teak.
Shutter frames shall be of authentic mortise and tenon construction, blind pocket, with tenons secured in the mortises with solid teak through-pegs. Rail tenons shall be no less than one-third stile thickness, and shall extend into the stile no less then 2/3 stile width. Pegs shall be exposed on the back, and sanded flush.
Shutter stiles shall be a minimum of 2-5/8 inches wide by 1 3/8 inches thick.
Top rails and midrails shall be a minimum of 2 3/8 inches wide by 1 5/16 inches thick. Bottom rails shall be minimum 4 1/8 inches wide by 1 3/8 inches thick.
Louvers shall be minimum 1 3/8 inches wide by 3/8 inches thick.
Panel shall be minimum 15/16 inches thick.