The History of Craftsman Moulding

so Keith thanks so much for spending time with me today worse so this is kind of start at the beginning why moldings yeah finishing a home with molding was purely functional at first if you don't finish the interior you have a lot of drafting right there's a lot of drafted air moving through the house and also to finish off the irregularities that happen in construction something you might well know as the Builder secret when you ideally think that the room is square and everything is perfectly plumb it's not necessarily the case and so the best way to finish off corners and edges is to add on various forms of molding but it evolved from there it did indeed very much so while the varied patterns say they're so diverse yeah first of all was functionally what was happening in the environment of that particular climate what was happening and the temperament of society what was an aesthetic popularity those things started becoming something of a vernacular in various regions across the United States and that's inspired by human creativity and and how trend and society communicate what might be defined as beautiful at any given time in history for example there is a look at the Victorian which is so grand and the bungalow which is so simple and then there's this other set of intellectuals who have beautiful skills with their hands looking to make homes very lovely without doing the same thing you'd experience in a Victorian home and that's where the Craftsman style came from and why it's even named that it was is really honoring the work of the hand of a master who knew had a carved wood well we were inventing new ways to House people affordably and and beautifully in these large towering Victorian homes but the craftsman was starting to see a removal of business from their hands they were spending hours crafting beautiful things carved by their own hands they were being replaced by machinery and there was a there was an intellectual aesthetic and there's also kind of a grassroots movement of craftsmen who were feeling like we're being obsolete and they were seeing the beautiful carving that they were used to doing for hundreds of years left out and they felt there's something wrong with this idea of mass production and so alongside that idea they were embracing nature so there's this mix of how can we embrace nature and reduce and refine all the obscenity of the opulent Victorian style but do it in a way that's filled with craftsmanship and not just reduced for the sake of affordability and so speaking of that how would we know we're in a craftsman home a craftsman home it has some reduction Airy style to it so it's not opulent like Victorian but it's not going to be as simplified as what you'd see in a folk Victorian or what we have around here a lot is this a simplified bungalow affordable housing style so you would see generally they would plain their millwork simply without a lot of ornamentation again because they're rebelling against the opulence of Victorian era but there's still some fine craftsmanship about it that when you step into a craftsman home you sense I feel special if somebody really attended to the space it feels simple I don't feel like overwhelmed with design but I feel like somebody really cared about how this was put together and you see that tailoring with with leaded glass windows and just the right proportions on case goods that are wrapped around fireplaces and doors and windows and staircases and railings very lovely tailored taste which again is very appealing to the general culture of a Seattle resident we don't generally prefer very opulent style here and it was just born in us from that big practical standpoint of surviving out here and then building simply that was also part of the new movement as as population was expanding to create a static that was appealing to growing families healthy families and healthy communities the last thing that comes to mind is that you might find a lot of similar elements between the bungalow and the craftsman so you might you might be sort of not one or the other but some mixture to both I saw you definitely see a mix here for sure so the larger the more opulent the the fancier down to the back to the 700 square foot precisely low that's very very simple for sure and you'll see now today people who will choose really and that's what's beautiful about having this design showroom is that they can step in and go oh I see that flatstock I really like that oh hey look over here this one has an interesting little crown detail on the top of my flat stock that gives it just enough extra that would be fine in taste without going overboard or whatever it might be people will reinvent their spaces but they can do it very tastefully because we have lovely story to tell from here so as a designer I'm very confident and what I would want to specify for the creation of the interior of a home if I'm not if I'm coming to done lumber like I should how best would I be prepared what should I bring with me to be able to know confidently I'm gonna be purchasing the right materials in the case of not really knowing what the style is if we had some pictures of the outside of their home yeah and the end and some interior pictures and also some of the dimensions you know we like to know the ceiling height door height so that we know kind of what we're working with so that we can scale it to fit that customers desires all right it's important to see it and feel it and get a sense experientially and a three-dimensional environment how to put this thing together that's very helpful thank you yeah

One Comments

  • Patrick Courtemanche

    April 6, 2019

    Great video, very instructive. Thanks!


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