Test of Tyme, A Development and Construction Consulting Firm, To Hold Seminar at Gallery Sur in Carmel-by-the-Sea on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Test of Tyme, A Development and Construction Consulting Firm, To Hold Seminar at Gallery Sur in Carmel-by-the-Sea on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 December, 2014. Pacific Grove, CA. Founded in 2008, Test of Tyme is an international real estate investment and development company that restores, builds, buys and sells estates in Carmel and Pebble Beach and beyond. It will hold a free seminar, “Old World Construction Techniques Used in Carmel & Pebble Beach Estates” with a presentation by Don Whitaker of Test of Tyme and Justin Iles of Decorative Stone Works on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The seminar will be held at Gallery Sur located on 6th Avenue between Dolores and Lincoln (next door to the Little Swiss Café) in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Refreshments from the new Carmel restaurant, Affina, and beverages will be served. Space is very limited and RSVPs are mandatory by calling (831) 655-2008 or emailing [email protected]

See some beautiful examples of Old World Design Construction techniques used locally in Carmel and Pebble Beach estates. During their fascinating seminar, Don Whitaker and Justin Iles will discuss:

- What is the Old World Design style?

- The adoption of Old World Design in the New World

- What tools and techniques are utilized in Old World Design?

- How Old World Design techniques bring authenticity and character to a home

- How to recognize quality craftsmanship in a home

- Wood and stone elements of Old World Design

- Examples of Old World Design ceilings, fireplaces, entryways and more

- Demo of an Old World Design technique by Don Whitaker

- Q and A About Test of Tyme

Known as two of the most sought-after artisans and consultants on the Monterey Peninsula, Don Whitaker and Scott Coulter and their hand-picked group of sub-contractors, have worked together to build or renovate many of the largest estates in the area. Due to their passion and talent, artistic vision and top craftsmanship, they have been honored to work on more than 350 of the largest and most beautiful homes and structures in Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pebble Beach, including more than 20 homes on the ocean side of Seventeen Mile Drive in Pebble Beach as well as the Cypress Point Golf Course Club House and Pebble Beach and Tennis Club. Most recently, they have worked on a 28-room mansion near the Lone Cypress Tree. Their work, simply stated, is created to stand the Test of Tyme! One of their specialties is in the replication and creation of Old World-inspired finishes (1680’s – 1740’s European style), as well as the creation of original pieces designed for a specific home or space. They also restore paintings and other works of art.

Since the establishment of Test of Tyme in 2008, Scott Coulter and Don Whitaker’s artistic work has been featured in the prestigious Perspectives on Design California, a publication on creative ideas shared by leading design professionals. This is a showcase of the state’s finest architects, artisans, homebuilders, landscape architects, interior designers, craftsmen, and other industry specialists, under whose creative direction the extraordinary is made possible. This publication is part of a popular series that spans the Southwest, Chicago, New England, Florida and other design-savvy regions in North America and Europe. Test of Tyme consists of artisans whose passions lie in the transformation of a home into an embodiment of three-dimensional art.

According to Scott Coulter, “We are a community of craftsman and artisans that transform dwellings into habitable works of art. From the hand laid tile individually treated to match flawlessly with one another to the revival of a damaged painting thought to be untreatable. Rustic furnishes, antique revitalization, old-world finishes, varnishes, and custom painting.” Test of Tyme can transform every aspect of the average home into a marvelous homage to the old-world escapes captured off the pages of a European novella. The craftsmanship and artistic vision of every member of this team poured into the very foundation of each of their passionate projects. But the artistic skill of Test of Tyme extends beyond the palette of the metamorphosis. Their skills including restoring other art such as damaged sculptures, paintings, or manipulating unique pieces of art to fit with the motif of your home. Rejuvenating and recovering the vibrancy of art that was believed to be beyond saving, or modifying other pieces to synchronize fluidly to ambience of your living areas.

About Don Whitaker/Test of Tyme

A partner in Test of Tyme, Monterey native Don Whitaker is also the owner of The Golden Hammer in Pacific Grove providing cabinetry and custom millwork, including furniture design. He earned local, state-wide and international awards for his carpentry work and has over 40 years of experience, primarily on the largest homes in the Carmel and Pebble Beach area. His passion for perfection is reflected in his wood artistry seen in doors, beams, cabinets, floors and more. Don is a graduate of Monterey High School and attended Monterey Peninsula College. He began work in his field at the cabinetry shop that his father managed.

About Scott Coulter/Test of Tyme A partner in Test of Tyme and also the owner of Time Honored Finishes,

Scott is legendary for his custom painting and extraordinary “time honored finishes” that transform the interior and exterior of a home into a work of art for generations to come. Specializing in rustic furnishes, antique revitalization, Old World finishes, varnishes and custom painting. His surfaces are scraped, distressed, shaded, brushed, aged and inspired by Scott’s vision. Scott also skillfully restores damaged sculptures and paintings, as well as modifying other pieces to synchronize fluidly within a home. Together with Don Whitaker, surfaces featuring wood, paint, plaster, stone, effects and iron are perfectly finished to suit an estate’s unique character.

About Justin Iles/Decorative Stone Works Owner of Decorative Stone Works,

Justin Iles apprenticed to become a stone carver and mason in England in 1985. He studied for 5 years and attended Stone Masons College at the city of Bath and also the Architectural Stone Carving College in Weymouth, Dorset. While training with a family run company, he worked on many churches and ancient buildings. Also, during his time of training, he worked at the famous Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire. He moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 1999 and lived in Big Sur for many years before relocating to Carmel Valley in 2007. He has worked on over 100 homes in Carmel and Pebble Beach and frequently works with the Test of Tyme team. The masonry work Justin does can range from the foundation to finished work using hand carved Old World techniques. His projects encompass grand entryways, window and door surrounds, fireplaces, fountains and chimneys. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest and Stone World Magazine, among others.

About Gallery Sur Gallery Sur specializes in dramatic oversized color photography of Big Sur, Carmel and Pebble Beach along with a dynamic collection of color cityscapes and architectural abstracts. For the golfer, we have an impressive collection of memorable golf landscapes of Pebble Beach, Cypress Point and other courses around the world. Each piece is custom designed to suit your individual needs. Also now proudly representing the Nyanhongo family of sculptors, a stunning array of original African stone sculpture that touches your soul.

About Affina Restaurant Located at the corner of San Carlos and Sixth, Affina Restaurant offers farm fresh-to-table California-fusion cuisine. It also serves small sustainable wines from all over the world in its fun and friendly atmosphere. For more information about Test of Tyme, go to www.testoftyme.com or call (831) 655-2008.

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