AUTHENTIC: REPLICATING AN 1840 FIREPLACE MANTLE

Mastery of hand-tools defines the ability of  a craftsman.  Sometimes, a computer or CNC machine simply cannot do what the human hand can do. For instance: Sir John Alexander Macdonald practiced law in this building in Kingston, from 1849-1860. There were originally two flanking fireplace mantles; however one was removed during a previous renovation. We were commissioned to reproduce it, so that a matching pair would once again adorn the rooms. And while we have every modern machine at our disposal, Hand tools, common to the period, were used to recreate, authentically, this important piece of Canadian history. The imperfections of hand-worked lumber and mouldings are delightfully nuanced, and authentic. And....it is a workout more rewarding than a gym.
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