Category Archives: Reproduction

From Wood Window Sash to Face Masks: Adaptive Business Solutions During COVID-19

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are shifting their priorities in order to survive. Some businesses are agile, seeing opportunities to rethink how they can contribute during this time. Weston Millwork, in Weston, Missouri, has stepped up … Continue reading


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Historic Texas Community Building Gets Extensive Rehab

The recent restoration of the Casino Hall in La Grange, TX, was a big deal for Fayette County. Built in 1881 by German immigrants, the building was originally a school, but has since served as a fire station, city hall, … Continue reading

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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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