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, particularly among young people seeking a satisfying career. We believe in craft as 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 fine craft 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.

 
 
 
 

We invite traditional builders in all trades to partner with us in pursuit of the archetypes of craft. For craftspeople from timber framers to canoe builders to cabinetmakers, this is an opportunity for once in a career to take part in a complete and ideal building project, the purpose of which is to unite all the essential crafts into one architecture of life.

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TRADE CRAFTS REPRESENTED

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
Ofuro 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

 

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