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Tell us about yourself:
I am a special education teacher who has had a fascination with historic preservation and architectural history since childhood. I have been a subscriber to OHJ since my teens and have every issue (my folks purchased back issues for me in the mid-70s as a birthday present) ever printed stored in the attic of my 1899 Victorian -- which distresses my wife to a great degree when trying to organize our attic!
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
The first house I restored was an 1885 stick style cottage in the mid 1980s. In 1996, I was able to purchase my great-grandparents', and subsequently my grandparents', 1899 vernacular Italianate home that my wife and I are continuing to restore. I also own a 1911 farmhouse that has an interesting mix of late Victorian and Arts & Crafts design elements that my wife and I are working to restore as a retirement home.

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New - Single Pane Window Units?

I am looking for a manufacturer of new, wood, single pane window units (that can be paired with a proper storm window) to be used in new construction.  Does such a unicorn exist?? 

Posted on January 10, 2018 at 4:18pm

Victorian Green Roller Shades?

Does anyone know of a supplier where one can buy green roller shades ("Victorian green") that were so common in many homes a century ago? I can find "hunter green" roller shades, but they are white on the street side; I want the shades to be green on both sides.

Posted on January 10, 2018 at 4:00pm

Help w/ scorch marks?

Does anyone have an easy way to remove scorch marks from a shellac base finish? When our granddaughter was baptized in front of the fireplace in our parlor, heat from two candles scorched the finish on the underside of the over-mantle and we are hoping that someone out there has a better solution to lightening the dark spots (about 1.5" in diameter) than stripping the entire underside of the over-mantle.

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 11:32am — 12 Comments

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At 4:08pm on December 30, 2008, Barbara Rhines said…
Hi Bill,
It sounds like an interesting chair. I wish I could say the paint and decals serve as protective layers, like the dust on my furniture, but it sounds like careful stripping is in order. (I've heard that a heat gun can get through the paint to the original finish below but there is a scorching risk.) Bruce Johnson, the organizer of the Grove Park Inn's annual Arts and Crafts conference comes to mind as a good resource -- both for recreating or saving Arts and Crafts-era finishes and as an expert on Roycroft furniture. He wrote a book a while back called The Weekend Refinisher, which gives a great overview of furniture stripping and refinishing, with emphasis on A&C finishes. He also knows Roycroft furniture quite well because the Roycroft Shops made furniture for the Grove Park Inn (GPI). He's written a new book on the history of the GPI. You may want to check out the GPI A&C Conference Web site for contact information.

Roycroft furniture is very well made and rather rare. The exception is the Little Journeys bookstand which is fairly common (I have one). It was mailed flat and assembled at home (pre-IKEA). A chair would be valuable and worth treating well. You may also want to check out the Web sites of the Roycrofters in East Aurora, including the Roycrofters-at-Large Association


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