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
 

Our second conversation is with Craft. Innermost House cultivates fine craft in the manner of American beginnings, where Wilderness and Enlightenment met as equals, and the art of less was truly more. We believe in craft as an agent of reform, a tool 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 a living epitome of classical "Primitive Hut" architecture, tracing all aspects of traditional building and craft back to their archetypal origins. We invite craftspeople in all trades to partner with us in exploration of the roots of artistic form. For artisans from timber framers and canoe builders to hearth cooks, cabinet makers and tailors, this is a chance 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 domestic life into a living architecture of aloneness: of "all-one-ness."

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REPRESENTATIVE ARTS AND CRAFTS

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
Coopering
Forged Ironwork
Locksmithery
Door and Window Hardware
Boat and Canoe Building
Axes, Saws and Tools
Gardening and Garden Tools
Lanterns
Candle Making
Calligraphy 

Printing and Bookbinding
Early Scientific Instruments
Folk Music and Instruments
Pottery
Treenware
Cast Iron Cookware
Hearth Cooking
Tailoring and Boot Making
Box Making
Rug and Basket Weaving
Viticulture and Winemaking

 


Else would this stone be standing maimed and short
Beneath the shoulder's low translucent plunge
Nor flimmering like the fell of beasts of prey
Nor breaking out of all its contours
Like a star: for there is no place
That does not see you. You must change your life.


Rainer Maria Rilke, "On an Archaic Bust of Apollo"

 

Rightly viewed, the whole soul of man is a sort of picture gallery, a grand panorama, in which all the great facts of the universe, tracing things of time and things of eternity, are painted.

Frederick Douglass, “Pictures and Progress”

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