By Gustav Stickley
Make real reproductions of good-looking, sensible, sturdy furnishings: tables, chairs, wall cupboards, desks, a corridor tree, and extra. building plans with drawings, schematics, dimensions, and lumber specifications reprinted from 1900s The Craftsman journal.
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It is impossible not to be struck with the similarity of this decoration to that of the king's gallery in a cathedral. In a buffet of the fifteenth century there is not a single detail that is not to be seen in the Church of the Trinity at Vendome, or in the apse of Saint Severin in Paris. The uprights are flanked by slender counterforts with flat sides, with ribs, pillars either prismatic or ribbed, the feet of which sink down and penetrate ^ into the finials are sharpthe talus of the base ; 1 Small fantastic animals such as winged dragons, basilisks, etc.
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However it might be, it was not French work. The foregoing is a condensed description of the technique and style of the furniture of the Middle Ages. In fine, in spite of polychromy, and despite the fact that up to the sixteenth century many pieces, the majority without a doubt, were made of plain heavy wood intended I It must date from the early years of the'sixteenth century LOUIS i6 XIII FURNITURE be continually covered with painted and embroidered stuffs, they were mostly works of mouldings and carving, and never was woodcarving finer always attacked with admirable boldness, while sometimes it was caressing and full of subtlety, it is above all broad and vigorous, a manner especially proper for work in oak.
Making Authentic Craftsman Furniture: Instructions and Plans for 62 Projects (Dover books on woodworking & carving) by Gustav Stickley