In The Craftsman Style

I want to write a little bit about different styles of furniture and cabinetry.   I have selected the craftsman style of furniture to write about Quarter sawn oak Island closeuptoday because it is one of William’s favorites. The craftsman style in America was helped along by the British school of Arts and Crafts. The movement had its roots in the desire to promote handmade crafts over the mass produced ones of the industrial revolution. Shaker furniture and mission style furniture were definitely progenitors of the craftsman style. The name Craftsman comes from a popular magazine published in the early 1900s by Gustav Stickley. He named his magazine “The Craftsman.” It stuck. He featured Harvey Ellis and the Greene bothers who later became known as Greene and Greene. It is interesting to note that most of the craftsmen prior to the early 1900s were selling their wares to the upper classes. Now an arising middle class was an audience for their furniture and home designs. Middle class women did not usually have live-in servants and in most cases would do their own cleaning and cooking. The hidden kitchens of the Victorian era would no longer serve these women and the more accessible kitchens, open to the rest of the floor plan, were born. Now the emphasis was on hand made and not mass produced furniture and cabinetry and homes with more open and available floor plans. The woods used in this style could be anything but more often you will see quarter sawn oak, which is used in one of William’s kitchens, mahogany, oak, and cherry. The homeowners that approached William about this kitchen had already seen several other cabinet makers. The other cabinet makers were intimidated by the intricacies of the craftsman design. William didn’t hesitate for a moment for the chance to build what he was shown in that drawing.  He was thrilled and challenged.  Listed below are two links to kitchens on this website that are done in the craftsman style.   The picture that leads this blog is a craftsman style island that the homeowners wanted for their kitchen but couldn’t find anyone else to build.  It is made of quarter sawn oak with a lacquer finish.  The drawers on the island are hidden under the moldings.  Check out the links below for more pictures of this kitchen and another craftsman kitchen that William built.

Arts and Crafts Kitchen

Craftsman Kitchen