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The siding is
the largest visual part of any structure. Most Victorians used a
horizontal fancy siding design for the first, or the first and second floors
with a fancy shingle pattern sometimes highlighting the remaining wall
space. Here are a few samples of siding that we have run.
Although shown mostly in 6 inch, these and other patterns may be run
up to twelve inches wide.
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Crown Moulding (Molding)
the beauty moulding used at the joining of any right angle. The
clearest example is where the wall meets the ceiling, although there are
many other applications for crown in interiors, exteriors, furniture,
fireplaces and cabinetry to name a few. Because of its many uses it is
one of the most striking and diverse mouldings. A dentilated moulding
is a moulding with small attached pieces, with spaces in between.
Dentilated Crowns are very eye-catching and are used on some of the finest
examples of Victorian exteriors and interiors.
Door and Window Casings
window casings were the most figured and the fanciest of single piece trims;
hence the term window dressings. Though they are used to cap off the
jam edge grain, and cover the space where wall and jam meet, their function
is primarily decorative and the patterns are as diverse as the moulder men
who created them. These pages show samples of some of the varied
designs. The modified crown casing CS16 was developed for arced
doorways. We can reproduce this pattern or any of ther square edge
pattern in an arch of your dimension.
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would seem that baseboard was
developed to protect the wall, on the north coast almost all base mouldings
were made from redwood. If protection had been the primary concern a
harder wood could have been used. For this and other reasons, it seems
that in addition to protection base moulding was designed to beautify and
balance the place where floor and wall join. Baseboards can range in
size from 2 inches to 14 inches or more with a base cap on top. Any
design works here, and with an added 1/4 round shoe at the bottom it can be
Wainscot and Wainscot Cap
Wainscot is the wood paneling
that covers an interior wall from the baseboard up approximately 36 inches.
The wainscot cap, in addition to finishing off the wainscot, acts as does
the chair railing in protecting the wall and the paneling. The term
wainscot is derived from the middle German "wagenschot" meaning wagon
partition. Wainscot acts as a partition separating the wood floor from
the painted or papered wall. This molding is also highly decorative
and may be designed in many patterns pleasing to the eye.
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Chair and Picture Rail profiles
Chair Rail and Picture Moulding
Chair Rail was developed to protect
lath and plaster walls from abuse. Mounted approximately 36 inches
above the floor, it breaks up the monotony of a large flat wall and can be
used to separate two types of surfaces such as wall covering and paint.
Ranging in size from the small and delicate to the massive, chair rail can
be incorporated into many designs.
Picture molding was developed to
afford secure mounting for framed paintings and photographs. The
molding was mounted anywhere from 12 inches to 18 inches from the ceiling
and pictures were hung from it by wires. Picture moulding is also
effective in dividing up wall space and often incorporates decorative wall
Hand and Bar Rail
and grace to a given line, hand and bar rails serve a dual purpose in that
they must also support hand traffic. It is therefore made of Grade A
dry solid stock or laminated stock. You may notice that handrails are
always made in a pattern that discourages their being used as a shelf.
Another interesting fact on handrails is tat they are the only pattern run
twice through the moulding machine. This is to insure that both sides
of the railing are identical since the hand will pick up variations that
they eye will miss.
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Bar Railing profiles
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cap covers a wide variety of
different mouldings with many applications. Basically all caps add a
finishing touch by concealing an edge or an edge grain, thereby dressing up
something that was plain and simple. In addition to the numerous
applications in a structure (capping wainscot, bricks, mantles, etc.) these
mouldings are also highly important when used in furniture such as chests,
stereo cabinets and buffets.
Drip Rail, like gutter, is designed to
protect the structure from the ravages of water and decay. Fitting
under the lap of the first piece of siding, the drip rail directs the water
runoff from the wall out away from the skirting and the foundation
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lintel is derived from the
Latin "Limes" meaning border, and is used to describe the decorative sill
placed over the exterior of a window. Normally a lintel is a
time-consuming and labor-intensive project involving a three piece build-up
of two straight boards and a crown. When a local renaissance
contractor came to us with this dilemma, we jointly developed these
exclusive one-piece lintels.
This section, though a catch-all, is
probably the most interesting to the molderman, offering him the creative
challenge of solving a variety of complex patterns and shapes. This
concept is summed up in this excerpt from the book Machine Molder
Practice, published in the 1940's; "The molder appeals to the
artistic young man... because the work gives the opportunity to display his
mechanical ability, and it possesses enough variety to make it both
agreeable and intensely interesting."
Over the past thirty years we have
been blessed with this challenge and opportunity many times, and for this we
thank one and all.