As many of you know, I spent a year living in China, and it was such a great experience. I loved how old everything was. Each time I went to visit something, the guide would tell us how it's several hundred, a thousand, or even several thousand years old. And each place had a fantastic door. Usually 10-12 feet high, highly decorated, and always guarded by some type of animal.
I decided I would try to make something similar to what I experienced over there, and this is my attempt. I picked up some structural lumber from Lowes, distressed it with a homemade chain/flail/morningstar type of weapon, and screwed it together. I went for a more "home-made Hutong" feel for the door rather than a more seamless Western look. The top and bottom bands are painted with a bronze paint that oxidizes and gives a nice patina to the piece.
It was fun to make, and is currently just leaning up against a wall in my living room. Not really sure what else to do with it, but it has grown on me as something different to display, that no one else has (and crazy enough to make/display)