the Daily Carpenter: History

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Jan 2018

The Iceman's Birch Basket

The versatility of birch bark has made it a staple building material for centuries among various North American and Eurasian cultures, and today is still popular with designers. This natural component, when removed from the tree, is cardboard like in composition, light, flexible, strong and water resistant. These features allow the bark to be easily cut, bent and shaped or flattened, and sewn into whatever...

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Dec 2017

Form Follows Design

Camp Arden, the home of Arden Creek Designs, has used cedar railings throughout the camp since its beginning. The use of cedar railings go back to the late eighteen hundreds, the design was simplistic, being more utilitarian in nature than artistic. Camp Arden in 1955, was donated to the Trudeau Institute for the purpose of finding a cure for Tuberculosis., however when the gift was...

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Dec 2017

The Origin and Construction of Antler Chandeliers

Antlered chandeliers have been in existence for centuries. Antler chandeliers were most often used in European castles. Hunting of the large stag deer was for the most part, reserved for nobility. These early antler chandeliers provided warm candle light to illuminate their dark cold stony interiors. Massive stag antlers were fashioned together to form a large ring, candle holders were adhered to the structure and...

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Dec 2017

Rustic Furniture Past and Present

Camp Arden was established in the 1880's as a summer residence for the Carpenter family. Like other camps of it's kind in the Adirondacks, it had a guide/caretaker. During the cold months of winter, when the Carpenters were not in residence, the caretaker was asked to make furniture. Using natural materials in conjunction with conventional materials, he produced a wide variety of rustic furniture. Today...

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