Category Archives: Reproduction

Reproducing Historic Plaster Mouldings Using Silicone Moulds.

As part of a mechanical systems upgrade, the historic plaster wall cornice at the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa was cut open for access. Repairs to the plaster were performed by City Plastering of Ottawa, taking silicone moulds of the … Continue reading

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Master Moldmaker Reproduces Queen Theater Plaster Dome

The historic 1880 Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware stood abandoned and neglected for the last half of its life, the elegant, thirty foot diameter plaster ceiling dome destroyed by water entry. As part of a $24 million dollar restoration of … Continue reading

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Reproduction Mouldings for Vernacular Architecture, Washington, D.C.

Unique, local, historic, vernacular architectural design traditions were originally determined not by designers and draftsmen, but by the carpenters and builders, maintained by the profiles of the cutting tools that they bring on the job to produce finish wood mouldings. … Continue reading

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Veterans Education Program and the Lincoln Hearse

Blue Ox Historic Village and School is an historic millwork production facility, a working museum and a school. For many years they’ve operated a high school program for at risk teens, giving them the opportunity to experience themselves as problem … Continue reading

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Old Growth Lumber Scarcity Drives Choices for Custom Wood Turnings

The downward spiral of lumber quality caused by over harvesting of old growth forests deprives all millwork producers of premium material but none are more affected than producers of large turnings for exterior work.  Because turned architectural elements expose grain … Continue reading

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The Efficiencies of Laser Scanning for Historic Architectural Reproduction.

  Before laser scan technology, documenting historic elements made reproduction work an uncertain and tedious process. For example, it was understood that certain exterior terra cotta elements of an Upper Manhattan apartment building would have to be replaced. The issue … Continue reading

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Copying the Neighbors – – Stained Glass Artist Reproduces Lost Historic Detail

This Washington, DC rowhouse, built in 1891, was missing three stained glass transoms and local artisan Adams Morgan Stained Glass was hired to reproduce them. AMSG went next door and copied the existing original work, (1.) a door transom with gold … Continue reading

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Little Known Standard Catalog is Key to Reproduction of Period Moldings 1870 – 1940

Millwork for the great majority of the historic buildings in existence today, those built between the Civil War and WWII, was produced under a nationwide distribution system more uniform and comprehensive than any in existence today.  This means that your … Continue reading

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Wood Windows Issues Checklist: Questions and Answers on Historic Window Restoration

To discuss the benefits of restoring historic wood windows, we consulted with Paul Marlowe, of Marlowe Restorations, a Northford, Connecticut company specializing in wood conservation issues. According to Paul Marlowe, new wood replacement windows cannot equal the durability of a fully … Continue reading

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A Last Look at Historic Wood Windows.

Wood windows are perhaps the most vulnerable of historic elements, with many millions being dumped in landfills each year.  Their conservation is a worthy goal from an historic and environmental perspective, but is it reasonable to expect owners to subsidize … Continue reading

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