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Custom Moulding Patterns

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Custom Siding

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.

Some sample siding pattern designs

A few examples of Crown Molding designs

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Crown Moulding (Molding)

The crown is 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

Door and 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.

Some sample door and window casing desings

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A few sample baseboard and baseboard cap profiles

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Baseboard and Baseboard Caps

Although it 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 fancier still.

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.

Samples of actual wainscoting and wainscot cap jobs that we have run

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Samples of chair railing and picture rail designs

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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 paper above.

Hand and Bar Rail

Adding beauty 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.

A few profiles of past hand and bar rail designs

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Examples of different cap molding designs

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Cap Moldings

The term 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

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

A few examples of drip rail designs

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Samples of custom one-piece lintel profiles

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Lintel Mouldings

The term 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.

Miscellaneous Mouldings

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.

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