We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes. Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Beauty"
ARCHETYPES OF CRAFT a Practical Wisdom
The Innermost House Foundation encourages the cultivation of fine craft. We believe in craft as an instrument of self-reliance and a way to wisdom. We seek in the hand of craft a living conversation between the body of land and ideals of the mind. We believe that a unified architecture of beautiful forms holds a key to harmonize nature and thought, to begin to heal the wound of modern life, to marry in material conversation high civilization with the heart of wilderness.
The biggest problem in the world could have been solved when it was small. Lao Tzu, The Way of Life
Innermost House is an epitome of classical "Primitive Hut" architecture on New World soil, tracing all aspects of traditional building and craft back to their archetypal origins. We invite craftspeople in all trades to partner with us in pursuit of the archetypes of craft. For artisans from timber framers and canoe builders to hearth cooks, cabinetmakers, and tailors, this is an opportunity for once in a career to take part in a complete and ideal building project. Our purpose is to unify all the essential arts of individual life into one comprehensive "architecture of all-oneness."
Reclaimed Timber Timber Framing Hewn Log Building Preservation Carpentry Door and Window Joinery Wood Flooring Stone Masonry Firebox Construction Plasterwork Cedar Shingling Plumbing and Fixtures
Furniture Making Wooden Ladders Forged Ironwork Locksmithery Door and Window Hardware Boat and Canoe Building Soaking Tubs Axes, Saws and Tools Gardening and Garden Tools Lanterns Candle Making
Printing and Bookbinding Early Scientific Instruments Wooden Musical Instruments Pottery Treenware Cast Iron Cookware Hearth Cooking Tailoring and Boot Making Box and Barrel Making Rug and Basket Weaving Viticulture and Winemaking