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 individual 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."
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
Nuns fret not at their convent’s narrow room; And hermits are contented with their cells; And students with their pensive citadels; Maids at the wheel, the weaver at his loom, Sit blithe and happy; bees that soar for bloom, High as the highest Peak of Furness-fells, Will murmur by the hour in foxglove bells: In truth the prison, into which we doom Ourselves, no prison is: and hence for me, In sundry moods, ’twas pastime to be bound Within the Sonnet’s scanty plot of ground; Pleased if some Souls (for such there needs must be) Who have felt the weight of too much liberty, Should find brief solace there, as I have found.
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.