Sloan, Samuel, 1815-1884 / Sloan's homestead architecture, containing forty designs for villas, cottages, and farm houses, with essays on style, construction, landscape gardening, furniture, etc. etc.
Exterior joinery, pp. 237-246 ff.
UNDER this head, we propose to say something about the construction of verandas, cornices, etc. Properly, the first point considered in this connection is the quality of wood used for the purpose. It is requisite that the kind of wood chosen should be naturally durable, and as free from incidental defec- tions as possible, such as shakes, knot-holes, etc., and at the same time of such a degree of solidity as is consistent with economy in converting it into the forms and details adopted in exterior finish. Of all the woods with which this continent abounds, none is more universally used for external mouldings, cornices, and brackets, than the well-known white pine. The readiness with which it can be cut, planed, and inoulded; its lightness, the ease with which it can be secured by nails, screws, and glue, together with its durability, make it a favorite in all sections where it can readily be procured by importation. It grows in great abundance in Canada, in portions of the North- ern States from Maine to Oregon, extending as far South as Virginia. From this it follows that its transportation to the most remote sections of the country is easily accomplished over the great na- tional thoroughfare, the Mississippi River and its tributaries, and through the interior by the numerous (23'~)
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