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.
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