We appreciate the design parameters brought to Arts & Crafts furniture by the early craftsmen, designers, and manufacturers. We generally adhere to the structural elements found in much of their work.
That being said, we are through with reproduction work as the mainstay of our craft. We feel that an evolution of design is healthy for the continued relevance of the Arts & Crafts movement to our lives. An anachronism can convey only the most limited of messages.
There is also an impact on design, from rampant plagiarism, that is readily apparent in many of the pieces from the turn of the century. The frenzied attempt to reconfigure the most popular components into yet another variation reached comic proportions and contributed greatly to the style falling from favor. More spindles, slats, corbels or through tenons were added until the pieces became wooden Frankensteins.
Through our original designs and construction, we hope to be breathing life into the promise that the style holds.
RATHER THAN CONSIDER IT A SEPARATE PROCESS,
WE INCLUDE THE DESIGN OF CUSTOM FURNITURE IN THE PRICE.
There is some reproduction work that we are willing to do. We have a half dozen or so pieces that we love and love doing. They will be found under our listing of FURNITURE on the other pages of the web site. Most of the items that we reproduce accurately are design icons of the early movement.
We are not going to busy ourselves offering endless variations of older designs.
Our work harmonizes with almost all original Arts & Crafts furniture. Our colors are accurate to the range of hues that were available originally. More on our complete finishing process can be found in the SHOP TOUR section of this web site. Our philosophy is to make all of the information that we have, or have developed, available to anyone.
We offer a 14 page Finishing Guide that we prepared when an article on our work and the finish appeared in the November 1998 issue of "WOOD" magazine. We have sold several thousand of these.. They describe in agonizing detail our staining and finishing techniques, and the best sources for all of the materials. The Finishing Guide description, and ordering information can be found under " PLANS "
We are also preparing 2D, computer generated CAD plans of all of our work. The drawings of the reproductions we have done will be available for anyone to purchase with no restrictions on their use.
The plans and drawings of our original, copyrighted designs will be available to purchase with " one-time" use agreement.
Basically, we will allow and encourage the production of our work by local craftsmen, if that is beneficial to the client. We have sold a lot of plans to people who are extremely talented woodworkers, but who lack the talent or design experience to turn out an accurate, balanced, attractive design on their own.
We will carry the torch of Gustav Stickleys' proposition that the most honest Arts & Crafts endeavors are between a customer and a local craftsman, done in local materials.