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"



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."

Partner with Us



Reclaimed Timber
Timber Framing
Hewn Log Building
Preservation Carpentry
Door and Window Joinery
Wood Flooring
Stone Masonry
Firebox Construction
Cedar Shingling
Plumbing and Fixtures

Furniture Making
Wooden Ladders
Forged Ironwork
Door and Window Hardware
Boat and Canoe Building
Soaking Tubs
Axes, Saws and Tools
Gardening and Garden Tools
Candle Making

Printing and Bookbinding
Early Scientific Instruments
Wooden Musical Instruments
Cast Iron Cookware
Hearth Cooking
Tailoring and Boot Making
Box and Barrel Making
Rug and Basket Weaving
Viticulture and Winemaking


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