When it comes to period details there isn’t anything better than studying the past. The builders and designers had a vision and we need to try and emulate them. There are so many ugly houses out there and many more are being built. Who’s fault is it? Is it time, money, education? In the end we have the ability to educate ourselves and our clients. We have the ability to do our job correctly and take pride in our work. Don’t be just another restorer or builder. Be the trades person that leaves your mark in history.
In repair work very few folks can truly see what lays beneath all the dirt, grime, and paint. But the minute I got to touch these church pews from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s, I knew they could be saved!
Let’s talk pocket doors!!!! These doors and their corresponding pocket hardware are over 180 years old and glide like butter. The doors average 9 foot 11 inches tall and 36 to 59 inches wide. Its just incredible! Humbling really.
#Repost @good.melon with @get_repost ・・・ When it comes to building houses, all I need for inspiration is period examples. The 1755 Tate House in today’s snow.❄️ . From the Tate House Museum website: “Having survived the destruction of Falmouth during the Revolution and the fires that devastated Portland in the nineteenth century, Tate House is the only pre-Revolutionary home in Greater Portland open to the public.” . The building is also architecturally significant because it is one of only two residences in Maine “with an unusual subsumed dormer in the gambrel roof.” . . . . . . . #goodmelon #mainehouse #maine #thisismaine #historichomes #newengland #mynewengland #theamericanhome #portlandmaine #mainewinter #archi_ologie #verytandc #architecture #housestalker #newenglandarchitecture #oldhouse #oldhouselove #mainelife #houseenvy #details #colonial #18thcentury #mainething #mainetheway #facadelovers #thisplacematters #historicdistrict
This sweet round Victorian table came in all shades of brown and faded. Broken loose legs, screws and nails to make tag sale from. It’s amazing what you find in old pieces. Anyways, I saved this beauty and now it will live a life for generations to enjoy.
The more tedious the work, the more I want the job. Crazy I know. Here I’m gluing drawer stops and all partitions back in place. Easy right. Well not if nothing is flat.
Once a board is jointed, planed parallel, and to thickness that’s when the fun begins. Every board every face gets hit with a hand plane.
Taking preservation to new heights!
Shipped back to the soldier’s home in Massachusetts after WW2. I am blessed to have gotten the call to restore this chest. As always the honor is all mine. Saving history is what I do. Leaving our mark as trades people is what we live for. As always, have tools will travel. I can do it all by hand or in combination with power tools.
Getting ready to make some custom matching rosettes and door casing for the one, the only @anyseasonbuilders. Have tools will travel. Love me some Victorian moulding details.
Today I got the great opportunity to visit this beautiful period home! The house has great bones and just needs a little TLC. Can you imagine how much fun it would be to restore the exterior woodwork! Let’s see if we can make this happen so that all parties can enjoy.
Old houses are fun to work in. All the old homes have settled and moved. Unfortunately many trades people who come in to work on these homes just want to install items near straight and square. Often this leads to using wrong hinges, screws, and cutting the door down to length incorrectly. Well that is until one day comes along and the screws fall out and the client is in a jam. A door is in a home for visual effect but more importantly, for security. • Now this is where I come in...I get the phone call and at 8:30 pm in the cold I give the client a temporary fix. Success! • Today I went back and added the correct hinges. Well, this meant everything is now off. The catches need to be moved. The top of the door now hits and needs planing, the reveals are now off. Everything needs my attention. • After all this mess is handled I am able to have the door swing and lock without issue. Tomorrow I will correct reveals, add proper door catches, and touch up the paint. Visually this door will look square, but nothing actually is. If you are in need of door repair please let me know. I’m happy to assist you. New content...😬
Finding your passion and loving what you do is just a blessing. In the image you will find two entry doors. The one on the left is how I got the doors. The one on the right is 90 percent done and almost ready for finish. What most folks don’t realize is that most items in worst condition can be saved. All you need is the right person(s) for the job. • • Does your door(s) need a little TLC? Maybe its time to upgrade the door hardware. Is cold air coming in through the door casing? How about weatherstripping. If you are experiencing any one of these issues, please let me know. I may be able to help.
Reproducing moulding with hand and power tools is one of the many aspects of woodworking I truly love. I made several sticks of moulding to replace what is currently on multiple entry doors. The original was made from mahogany and walnut. I chose mahogany for that’s what I had on hand. All that is left is a little adjusting with hand tools. I ran the moulding on cheap mdf router table with a router screwed to it. My fence is a piece of wood with hole in it clamped to the mdf table. I often connect the vac to the fence and you can see in the video the vacuum works great until it doesn’t. As I always say every piece of moulding can be reproduced, so please don’t buy low grade moulding from the big box stores.
Highlights....Probably one of my favorite neighborhoods in Boston! The entry doors, the architecture, the banks of brownstones, the history! I would love to restore every door and entry in this neighborhood. It’s amazing to see the differences in all the entries, all of them need some TLC.
A beautiful home with a beautiful stair case. Today was such a pleasure and an honor to walk a beautiful home with such great detail. Even better is the patron/home owner loves all the details as well. • • If any of you have a vintage staircase that needs a little TLC, please let me know. Staircase repair is one of the many details we focus on. From structural repairs on the handrail, stair treads, and risers, fabrication of balusters or newel posts to match, or even simply finishing and painting work for stairs. Here in the the period craftsmen shop we love anything old and turning it into something new-visually.