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Some fuel for our fire.

 
 

 

We just found out that John McWilliam and Scathain are about to be recognized with awards for being an outstanding entrepreneur and growing business.

BizTimes is recognizing John with their 2017 Bravo! Entrepreneur award, and SBA is giving Scathain an Emerging Business Award.

We're having a great year so far, and news like this just adds to the fire. 

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Woodworker

 
 

Woodworker


It doesn’t happen often, but we have an opening in our wood shop. We’re looking for someone at an entry level, with basic understanding of wood shop power tools. We’re willing to continue training the right person, but the basic knowledge has to be there. If your self-motivation and work ethic are strong, and working on a tight-knit team in a busy shop sounds like sweet music to your ears, then we want to talk to you.

Please send a cover letter telling us about yourself and why you’re interested in working at Scathain, your resume and a list of 3 people who can vouch for you professionally. Send this information to contact@scathain.com with "Woodworker" in the subject line by March 29th, 2017.   

We love diversity in race, gender, age, experience and thought. We offer health insurance, available after working 30 days. We're located in Walker's Point - the best neighborhood in Milwaukee.

 

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Shop Hand

 
 

 
*This is Clementine, our old, small, orange forklift.  Don't worry, we have a new one.

*This is Clementine, our old, small, orange forklift.  Don't worry, we have a new one.

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Scathain is growing, and we've got more work than we can handle. We need an extra pair of hands to do the literal heavy lifting, help on installations and drive our forklift and box truck. We place a high value on culture, so we're willing to train a team player who is enthusiastic and industrious. Self-motivation is the keyword, and the ability to follow directions is crucial. 

Please send us a cover letter telling us about yourself and why you want to work with us, your resume, and three references of people who can vouch for you professionally. Send this information to contact@scathain.com by Friday, March 24th, 2017.

We love diversity in race, gender, age, experience and thought. We offer health insurance, available after working 30 days. We're located in Walker's Point - the best neighborhood in Milwaukee.

 

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You want to work for us.

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Scathain is growing and changing at a crazy pace. And we need a full-time catalyst in our office to make things happen, keep our office running smoothly and keep us sane. In other words, we are seeking a full time administrative assistant. We're open to any experience level, as long as you’re a hustler. You'll assist a team of grateful creatives with a multitude of tasks. Detail things like proposals, presentations and smartsheets - as well as general office organization. Weirdos welcome (but maybe not too weird).

Send us an email at contact@scathain.com with a brief introduction to yourself, let us know why you'd like to join us and attach a copy of your resume. If you have a firm salary requirement, please let us know that too. 

Deadline is March 8th, 2017.


We love diversity in race, gender, age, experience and thought. We offer health insurance and two weeks of paid vacation per year. Salary is negotiable. We're located in Walker's Point - the best neighborhood in Milwaukee.

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Neil Patrick Harris

No, we aren't best friends with Neil Patrick Harris. While we haven't been in his bathroom during one of his dinner parties, a piece of Scathain always is. And we can only assume they are enjoyed by NPH and his husband on a daily basis as they have been captured by Architectural Digest.

Scathain manufactures a variety of mirrored tiles for Ann Sacks, a luxury brand of Kohler. This relationship has helped place our work all over the world and put us in front of celebrity clients, such as Neil Patrick Harris. When he and his husband were renovating their Harlem townhouse, he chose the tiles we manufacture for his master bath.

Read more about his updated home in Architectural Digest. Or just check out the pictures.

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Home Sweet Yacht

Here at Scathain, we have designed and built furnishings for all types of rooms - kitchens, offices, restaurant lobbies, and much more. However, one project took us out of any building and even off dry land.

slick+design out of Chicago approached us with a unique, and not very simple, request - to silver a guitar without interfering with the integrity of the sound. Our pieces need to be visually appealing and physically capable of withstanding the test of time, but it is not often the sense of sound plays a role as well.

John McWilliam, the owner and founder of Scathain, devoted an extraordinary amount of time to this project. Day and night, he carefully silvered each piece. He continuously tested the guitar to ensure the sound was not being tarnished as he silvered each component. Given John's history as a musician, he felt privileged to be able to put both of his passions into a single project.

The guitar is one of two made like this and now lives on the King Baby, a custom luxury yacht that was recently featured on the April 2016 cover of Showboats Magazine. The edition prominently displayed the guitar. Read more about the luxuries of the King Baby yacht that is now carrying a Scathain original around the world.

Eddie Van Halen, if you're reading this, we'd be honored to get our silver on one of your guitars.

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Laughlin Constable

The Milwaukee office of Laughlin Constable is now home to a Scathain original. Old train doors were re-purposed as metal wall art with a weathered "Milwaukee Road" lettering added to note its creation and home. Mounted to the wall and left slightly ajar, a custom mirror peaks through. 

Not only will the piece itself leave an impact, but the installation was one to remember. With the weight and size of the metal train doors, the only way to get them into the building was via crane.

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Shorecliff Residence

Scathain's style is often described as chic rustic or vintage industrial or old school, but a client looking to create what he called "Modern Prairie" recently came knocking at our door, proving that it's not trendy terms that define us - it's impeccable craftsmanship.

The home, completed in Fall 2015, is located on a bluff along Lake Michigan. In it is a 10-foot-tall Scathain mirror, expertly silvered and patinated to create an iridescent bronze finish with vertical streaking. It is the largest mirror created by Scathain to date.

Drop us a note if you are interested in custom art for your home or business.
For more information on the other elements of the house, visit Racinowski Architeture + Design.

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Preserving Art, Preserving History

When you buy Scathain's work, it's not a stagnant fixture in your home or business.

It's a conversation piece.
It's a gathering place.
It's art to engage with.

Because our pieces aren't mainstream, the process of maintaining them isn't always either. Traditional cleansers and harsh textures may damage the finish. Be sure to only use the cleaning practices listed on our After Care page, which outlines the basics of care for mirrors and the finishes of both indoor and outdoor furnishings. We want to ensure that you are educated on how to properly care for your unique piece so that it lasts more than a lifetime.

But we also believe that knowing why such care needs to be taken for our pieces is just as important as the how. Our pieces are created with real materials. Real wood from a deconstructed barn. Solid metal with a custom patina. Glass coated in silver. These items aren't "off the shelf." They are functional works of art that you can use to improve the look and use of your space. 

There is also a historical element to each piece. While many are made from reclaimed materials, they are all crafted from Old World techniques. Each piece of work has a sense of nostalgia built in one way or another, and in order for it to retain its custom appearance, it needs to be cared for. Damaging chemicals put you at risk for washing away the historical beauty of the unique piece.

If you have any questions regarding the care for your Scathain piece, do not hesitate to contact us. We will happily assist you in preserving the piece of art you have invested in.

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A Day in the Life of Scathain

Scathain wouldn't be described just as the best place to work. It is the best place to thrive, to grow, to create, to inspire. Since the majority of the employees at Scathain are first and foremost artists, the environment must be such that it nurtures their creative streak.

The open concept layout allows for communication and camaraderie. Design work is carried out around a gorgeous conference table in a custom-designed room adorned with live plants and big windows. This is where ideas flow and the magic begins.

Another large room is lined with unique galvanized steel "white boards" that color code and make beautiful the plans for the design. Art and inspiration line the walls and, in some spaces, even the floors.

Since nearly every project requires collaboration between the various artists, combining metal, wood, and mirror, mutual respect is necessary in order to function, and there is no shortage at Scathain. A challenging project does not divide the team. Instead, it motivates them to work together to problem solve.

And of course, if the beautiful space and supportive culture doesn't entice you, we are sure the lovable shop dog could.

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