Why Study Mouldings? | Wood Moldings | Stephen Trudic Jr. and Mouldings One
WHY STUDY MOULDINGS? [Book of Designs and Historic Woodwork]

It wasn't until I walked into a house under construction in Chagrin Falls, Ohio where a new mantelpiece was being assembled that I realized when mouldings are well proportioned and assembled in an organized way it made a difference which moulding was chosen. I looked again at the hundreds of moldings offered by my company, a company built over nearly sixty years by my father and his dedicated and hardworking employees and I knew that with a little work I could help others make better choices when using our mouldings. This started me on a journey, learning the proper names of mouldings, the various shapes associated with historical styles, and the underlying theories of composition. I wanted everyone I met to become as excited about mouldings as I had become and I sought out local experts and made phone calls to anyone I thought could help.

Eventually, I came to understand that everyone I was talking to had either taught themselves about mouldings or had a mentor who had taught them part of what they knew. The experts had studied old buildings and old books and learned to draw cornices and paneling on their own. I also learned that most schools of architecture and construction had given up teaching the traditions of the use of mouldings and in fact, these same schools had a disdain for traditional styles and mouldings in general.

One of the goals of this book is to help fill the vacuum left by the academic intelligentsia when they abandoned teaching history and traditions as a means of learning design and execution. I hope this book will help you, the reader, learn when to use a particular molding and understand what makes a moulding or a group of mouldings look good. I hope it will help the curious find his or her own way of learning this for themselves. And I hope that it will inspire those who already know something about mouldings to share their knowledge and help others.

This book is dedicated to the countless architects and craftsmen who use mouldings in their work.


      - Stephen Trudic, Owner


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