Greene & Greene Frame


Details shaped by hand and eye define the style.
By Robert W. Lang
Pages: 52-53

From the December 2010 issue # 187
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It’s easy to get caught in the trap of design by formula. But if art were simply a matter of ratios, a paint-by-number Mona Lisa would be just as good as the one hanging in the Louvre Museum. The curves and lifts that exemplify the work of Charles and Henry Greene are a good example of this.

I made this frame for a class to show how to lay out and shape typical details. The term “typical,” however, doesn’t really apply to Greene & Greene; each house and the furniture within share elements, but subtle differences separate them from one another. Within the style are variations.

Article: For a review and video of the punches used for plugs, visit our blog.
In our store: Bob is the author of “Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture.”
In our store: “Greene & Greene Furniture: Poems of Wood and Light,” a new book on the Greene brothers, by David Mathias.


From the December 2010 issue # 187
Buy this issue now