Sunday, August 28, 2011

Restoration Values

I loved this article I found in American Craft Magazine today.
John Hindman of Red River Restorations handcrafts custom doors, windows and even detailing after the style and quality of older homes.
I really admire the ideas and values behind the business.
Writer Julie K. Hanus states "A culture of cheap and fast has crowded out values like quality, durability, and craftsmanship.  And its those values that Hindman is out to restore, one building at a time."
He explained how people set out to restore homes, and find that the materials they need that no longer exist or are difficult to locate: sash weighted window panes, antique mortise locks hand-mixed paint.  His team works for quality, "Slow, mindful production" and making every inch "special and useful."
Lately, they have been constructing fondly named "bungalitos" as "period perfect mates" to the homes that they restore.  They work as great studio spaces or guest houses.
I love this paragraph:
"Yet more and more people are choosing Hindman's way of doing things, from his company's clients to people across the country who have joined in this shift toward what the inventor Saul Griffith calls "heirloom design," a spirited repudiation of the throw-away principles of consumer culture. Judging from the rebounding DIY ethic and the popularity of books such as Sarah Susanka's Not So Big House, a lot of Americans are recognizing that something's missing in contemporary society. That intangible value goes by a lot of names - quality, authenticity - but readers of this magazine will recognize it by this one: craftsmanship."

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