By Jenna Lippin | Photography courtesy of The Foundery
Designer Patrick Sutton
commissioned The Foundery trade group
to create custom pieces to help tell the tale
of a local distillery in its sister restaurant.
In an effort to help tradespeople enter the workforce, Baltimore-based Patrick Sutton commissioned The Foundery to create furniture and accent pieces for Rye Street Tavern, a new Baltimore local bar and restaurant adjacent to Sagamore Spirit distillery that opened Summer
2017. The Foundery was built with the goal to encourage the creative
community with access to industrial-grade tools and knowledge, and to
provide a safe and accessible makers’ space for Baltimore artisans to gather,
learn, build, and teach.
“We’re big believers in The Foundery’s mission of training a workforce,”
Sutton told i+s. “We have a number of projects that are associated with the
ownership involved with The Foundery. When it came time to execute, it
made perfect sense to take an opportunity to employ the craftsmen from The
Foundery to fabricate some of the designs we were generating and create
teachable moments. Everyone wins when someone can learn and we can
As the restaurant is part of the larger Sagamore Spirit liquor company,
Sutton and his team wanted to create an experience for guests that would
be reflective of what goes on at Sagamore’s whiskey distillery. The Foundery
helped with three separate projects to help carry out this vision: an accent wall
made of repurposed barrels used for Sagamore’s whiskey aging, a fireplace
screen made of custom laser-cut steel, and an eye-catching entry table.
Of the wall, Sutton said, “One of the things that happens in a distillery is
the process of barrel aging. They have rack after rack stocked with these
barrels. We wanted to create that experience for diners. We employed The
Foundery to make a wall from the cut ends of used Sagamore distillery
barrels. They created the wall in a gridwork pattern to create the same look,
feel, and smell of a distillery—you get a taste of the whole experience.
ABOVE + BELOW The Foundery was created with the goal to
encourage the creative community with access to industrial-grade tools and knowledge, and to provide a safe and
accessible makers’ space for Baltimore artisans.
OPPOSITE When designing Rye Street Tavern, Patrick Sutton
commissioned The Foundery to create distinct interior
elements including a wall accent made from whiskey
barrels and a custom, laser-cut steel fireplace screen.