Custom Wood Turning for Historic Restoration

Custom Wood Turning for Historic Restoration

Handmade Turned wood rounds

We hand turn solid wood round pieces for historic restoration projects.  That means that we pickup the damaged or worn parts to recreate them in our Charlottesville VA shop.

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If you are searching for unique pieces for historic restoration building – call Matthew to discuss your needs!  We can build whatever you need, from whatever time period you are restoring.  These hand carved or turned pieces are being delivered to New Kent Virginia 

 

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solid wood round historic hand turning services

Handmade wood turnings made to order by Virginia craftsmen.  Whatever your project calls for we will make it to your specifications.  First step will be getting ‘shop drawings’ done, completely accurate architectural drawings.  From there we just need time!

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Hand Turned Solid Wood Column Base for Historic Restoration
Hand Turned Solid Wood Column Base for Historic Restoration

A Legacy in Woodworking

At the heart of the historic restoration narrative lies Gepetto Millworks, a revered name in the woodworking realm, known for its unrivaled dedication to traditional craftsmanship. Situated in the woodlands of Virginia, Gepetto Millworks boasts a legacy spanning three generations, breathing life into the art of woodturning and historic restoration. Starting with Robert Wiley, now retired, Matt Wiley was trained by the demands of rural western Virginia farm life. Pragmatic attention to planning and time management crucial for farm life made Matt ready to manage a Millwork Shop. Robert’s 40 years of carpentry experience passed on to Matt a wide understanding of the building trades, common problems and historic solutions not readily available on Google or Youtube. Starting in 2022 now the 3rd generation began their apprenticeship under Matt with the understanding that fine wine takes time to mature! Gepetto now operates the shop facility from a nearly hidden hollow of 100 acres of farmland in the historic hills around Charlottesville VA.

The Art of Turning Solid Wood Pieces

The process of turning solid wood pieces is a harmonious blend of skill, precision, and patience. This age-old technique involves placing a wood blank on a lathe and shaping it using various cutting tools while it spins. For historic restoration, this technique offers the ability to recreate ornate profiles and subtle curves that were the hallmarks of architectural decoration in a bygone era where time & labor were less costly. Gepetto runs a very small staff of highly experienced craftsmen, so that projects are completed in a timely manner – and the trade skills and secrets are maintained. If you are seeking a unique piece – don’t worry, we’ve heard of it – and can recreate it accurately!

Column Bases: Echoes of Elegance

Column bases are architectural features that have graced structures for centuries, each reflecting the design trends of their time. In historic restoration, crafting column bases involves not just replicating their appearance but also understanding the construction techniques and materials that were prevalent during the structure’s era. Gepetto Millworks’ mastery shines in meticulously recreating column bases, capturing the very essence of the original design while ensuring structural integrity. We can craft a base from a single piece of solid mahogany so that environmental stressors are less likely to damage the piece. Historic building methods often have pragmatic reasons for their implementation. While we are capable of making a plywood style layered composite, the effective durability of a solid slab of weather durable mahogany is higher than a manufactured material. Architectural millwork encompasses a vast array of components, from intricate cornices to elaborate friezes. In historic restoration, these elements are the pièce de résistance, embodying the grandeur and attention to detail that defined the architecture of yesteryears. The artisans at Gepetto Millworks approach architectural millwork with a profound respect for tradition, using age-old techniques to replicate every fine detail, ensuring an authentic restoration that stands the test of time.
Hand Turned Solid Wood Column Base for Historic Restoration
Hand Turned Solid Wood Column Base for Historic Restoration

Turned Solid Wood Pieces

Historic restoration is a noble endeavor that bridges the gap between the past and the present, preserving the essence of bygone eras for generations to come. One of the essential elements in such restoration projects is the art of turning solid wood pieces. Gepetto craftsmen are some of the only professional supply options for general contractors, architects and restoration specialists looking to recreate solid wood pieces. Delve into the intricate world of historic restoration construction with us! That world where turned wood components like column bases, balustrades, and newels, meticulously handcrafted on the wood lathes of Gepetto Millworks in Virginia continue to be exemplary producers of timeless craftsmanship that lasts centuries.

The Essence of Historic Restoration

Historic restoration construction involves a delicate balance between honoring the architectural legacy of a structure and ensuring its continued viability for modern use. In this context, turned solid wood pieces play a pivotal role because so many general contractors are not aware of services like Gepetto provides. The general contractor of today does not have an army of skilled woodworkers supplying their job sites any longer as in the historic time periods we are task to restore. You can return to the essence of an era, preserving the stylistic intricacies that defined the architectural preferences of that past time period. These pieces when installed properly continue the irreplaceable charm of the historic building.

Column Bases: Echoes of Elegance

Column bases are architectural features that have graced structures for centuries, each reflecting the design trends of their time. In historic restoration, crafting column bases involves not just replicating their appearance but also understanding the construction techniques and materials that were prevalent during the structure’s era. Gepetto Millworks’ mastery shines in meticulously recreating column bases, capturing the very essence of the original design while ensuring structural integrity. We can craft a base from a single piece of solid mahogany so that environmental stressors are less likely to damage the piece. Historic building methods often have pragmatic reasons for their implementation. While we are capable of making a plywood style layered composite, the effective durability of a solid slab of weather durable mahogany is higher than a manufactured material. Architectural millwork encompasses a vast array of components, from intricate cornices to elaborate friezes. In historic restoration, these elements are the pièce de résistance, embodying the grandeur and attention to detail that defined the architecture of yesteryears. The artisans at Gepetto Millworks approach architectural millwork with a profound respect for tradition, using age-old techniques to replicate every fine detail, ensuring an authentic restoration that stands the test of time.

Balustrades and Newels: Stairways to History

Balustrades and newels are often the visual centerpiece of historic buildings centered around the staircase. Adorning staircases with intricate designs that were once the high style elegance in that era. In the meticulous restoration of these components, Gepetto Millworks’ woodturning expertise comes to the fore. Every spindle, rail, and newel is handcrafted with the utmost care, ensuring that the soul of the original design is captured and the handmade nuances remain. What sets Gepetto Millworks apart is not just its remarkable craftsmanship, but its commitment to historical accuracy. The artisans delve deep into architectural records, scrutinizing historical documents and photographs to unravel the design elements of anything lost to the past. This dedication extends to sourcing the right wood species, using traditional joinery methods, and applying authentic finishes, ensuring that each turned wood piece is a faithful representation of its era.

Preservation Through Education

The legacy of historic restoration lives on through education. Gepetto Millworks recognizes the importance of passing on the torch of craftsmanship to the next generation. The woodworking workshops and apprenticeships offered by the millworks provide budding artisans with the opportunity to learn the nuances of turning solid wood pieces, perpetuating a tradition that might otherwise fade away. In the realm of historic restoration construction, turned solid wood pieces embody the essence of eras long past. Gepetto Millworks, nestled in the heart of Virginia, breathes life into this legacy, crafting column bases, architectural millwork, balustrades, and newels that stand as testaments to the artistry of yore. As we gaze upon these masterpieces, we are reminded that the past is not merely history; it is a living, breathing entity that continues to enrich our present and inspire our future.

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