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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes
(1909)

An outline of furniture-making in this country: showing the place of craftsman furniture in the evolution of an American style,   pp. 151-159


Page 157

       FURNITURE MAKING IN THIS COUNTRY
how things are done.   His interest and sym-
pathy are immediately aroused when he sees
something that he really likes and knows to
he a good thing, if he is able to feel that, if
he wanted it and had the time, he could make
one like it himself.
  So strong is this national characteristic that
it is hardly overstating the case to say that
in America any style in architecture or furni-
ture would have to possess the essential qual-
ities of simplicity, durability, comfort and con-
venience and to he made in such a way that
the details of its construction  can be
readily   grasped, before it could hope
to become permanent.   We are not so
many generations removed from our pio-
neer forefathers that  we  have  grown
entirely out of their way of getting at
things.    We may not always     stop to
think about them, but when we do our
thought is apt to be fairly sound and
direct.   The prevalence of cheap, showy,
machine-made things in our houses is
due chiefly to the lack of thought that
takes on trust the word of the dealers, and
every year brings us more abundant proof
that they do not in any way represent the
real tastes and standards of the people.  All
machine-made imitations of furniture which
belonged to another country and another age
and represented the life of a totally differ-
ent people, are alike to the average Amer-
ican.  If he can get them cheap, he has at
least the satisfaction of feeling that they make
a pretty good outward show for the money;
if they are expensive, there is something in
being able to afford them and to know that
his house has in it rooms which are fairly
A RIG DEEP CHAIR THAT MEANS COMFORT TO A TIRED
MAN WHEN HE COMES HOME AFTER THE DAY S WORK.
SMALL WRITING DESK FOR A WOMAN┬╣S SITTING
ROOM OR FOR THE LIVING ROOM
NO BETTER EXAMPLES OF THE CRAFTSMAN STYLE CAN BE
FOUND THAN ARE SHOWN IN THIS CHAIR AND ROCKER.
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