As you are renovating your historic home you will find the choice presented to you to tear down one set of window trim,
doorway molding or any part that can not be immediately sourced or replaced. Before you throw away the character
and history of your property one small piece at a time, please contact us to recreate your historic pieces with their full character.
Choosing our solid wood, fully mortise and tenon construction for your windows, doors, fireplace mantles, staircases
kitchens, entryways, closets and crown molding will ensure that the value of your home is reinforced with it’s historic character.
Authenticity drives Gepetto Craftsmanship
Historic homes are often designed around an entry hall or greatroom. This greatroom wall hosts a lighted display of period china.
An old dilapidated barn? Well of course!!! But through the eyes of a skilled Craftsman, you see an outdoor aging process ripe for picking.
Wood can be like wine, getting better with age. The age shows itself in the richer colors in the wood-grain, the character marks and weather stains.
Do you love the natural and inviting look of wood? Then you’ll love our unique kitchen and living space designs made from reclaimed lumber.
What is reclaimed lumber?
Wood that isn’t rotten, is reusable – reclaiming it from it’s first build is a great way to recycle, but can also give your project a unique look in one of two ways:
The Aging Process: produces unique defects, accentuates grain color and contrast
Unique Trees: modern lumber comes from trees grown for cutting, whereas 100 year old wood from barns, and buildings was lumber harvested from naturally grown trees – giving a different and amazing rich contrast that young trees just can not do. If you are looking to give your Barn a new life. Let us help with you ideas.
Historically woodworkers did not have machine tools available for constructing the decorative and functional pieces for large plantation homes. Gepetto craftsmen try to replicate the all wood construction techniques used historically, with a blend of late 19th century machinery to keep the labor time at a minimum while achieving an authentic all wood construction. Gepetto gives restoration projects a budget friendly approach for replacing all wood features.
At the Hewicks plantation project, solid wood gates constructed from spanish cedar form an understated entrance to the historially long diveway lined with mature willow oak trees. True to 18th century construction methods our shop craftsmen used true through mortise for the pickets. Underlying their elegant beauty lies the arc of the upper support. Cutting and shaping the arc challenges the technique of solid wood mortise construction because of the difficult alignment of the holes through which each slat passes. The Gepetto craftsmen hand built shop tools to speed the intricate manufacture process while meeting the tight production schedule allowing five days of shop time. The four gate pieces set the stage at the public road and just in front of the house at the end of the private drive. The plantation estate is a popular site for weddings with it’s rich character. Now restored, the wooden gates greet the eyes of new generations of visitors to this historic 18th century home.
Please take a look through the gallery of images detailing the construction it’s accent to the grounds of the plantation.
Gepetto also fabricated the exterior trim, historically accurate windows, and refurbished the doors in this project.
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