Craftsmanship Worthy of Preservation

Fine craftsmanship is worthy of preservation.

This Federal style frieze and cornice was created in 1803 entirely with hand tools. The clear white pine material was cut within miles of the house, it was sawn in a water-powered mill a mile from the house, and it was shaped and installed by a carpenter on site.

The steam-powered revolution in manufacturing and transportation in the mid-19th century dramatically altered how houses were built. It made possible the elaborate hardwood trim frequently found in Victorian era homes. Technology has continued to evolve and affect home construction. The precision and efficiency of a 21st century laser cutter leaves no hint that a human was ever involved in the process.

The woodwork, plaster, and other surfaces in older buildings often present clear evidence of the human touch – and help us to feel connected to those who passed this way before us. For many, this provides a sense of rootedness and comfort. A sense of home.

“Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” is written for people who appreciate the difference between a laser cutter and a hand plane.

The 720-page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book recognizes that preserving evidence of the human touch is part of preserving the character of historic houses.

The book is now available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in the shop on this page, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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