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.
244 HOMESTEAD ARCHITECTURE. Fig. 139 is a small bracket to be applied where an ~ appearance of considerable strength is required; a little examination suggests that this bracket should have a little Fia. more thickness in proportion to its breadth. Outside Venetian blinds and shutters are now made by machinery, and notwithstanding we frequently hear sweeping condemnations of this machine-joinery, we believe it possible to produce in this manner an excellent quality of work. Unfortunately, the great amount of competition in this business has injured the quality of the joinery by reducing the standard of prices so low as to render the manufacture of good work not even moderately profitable, and the natural consequence is, the country is flooded with the spu- rious article. But we think a reaction must before long take place. When this bad reputation of ma- chine-work becomes thoroughly diffused, few will buy it, and the counterfeit manufacturer will be obliged to abandon the business; all will suffer for a time by the operation, but it will be found in the end that the most prosperous manufacturers are those who never violated the laws of honest workmanship. Pivot-blinds, i.e. blinds in which the slats in each section revolve simultaneously under the control of a single vertical rod attached loosely to each slat, are now deservedly much in vogue. They are light and airy looking, and although not strictly an archi- tectural appendage, are almost indispensable, and in Southern houses entirely so. By adjusting the slats, the direct rays of the sun can be excluded, and air and light admitted, and, when necessary, they can be con-
This material may be protected by copyright law (e.g., Title 17, US Code).| For information on re-use, see http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/Copyright