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The Rise and Fall of a Cloud Lift.

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Blog entry by Don posted 04-26-2007 07:19 AM 13705 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Along with through mortises and pegged joinery, the ‘cloud lift’ stands out as one of the significant design elements of Green and Greene furniture. It is thought that this element was borrowed from Asian influences and indeed, the cloud lift can be seen as a dominant feature of Asian architecture.

According to Darrell Peart, author of Greene & Greene Design Elements for the Workshop, “There are no set rules to applying cloud lifts to a design; only good judgment combined with personal preference.”

For those that don’t know it by this term, the cloud lift design element is the rise in two horizontal lines connected by two small radii. It can be seen in the Thorsen Table.

In most cases, when employed in a table apron, it looks like an arch with the horizontal lines rising to the middle. This makes architectural sense, because the skirt appears to be supporting the top in the way a bridge-arch supports the roadway.

However, some furniture designers/makers reverse the arch so that middle horizontal line falls in the middle.

I prefer the former approach, but obviously, I’m expressing personal taste here.

What do the rest of you Arts & Crafts – Green & Green aficionados think?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/



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#1 posted 04-26-2007 07:50 AM

I prefer the rise… Don’t know why.

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#2 posted 04-26-2007 07:51 AM

I enjoy the design shown.

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#3 posted 04-26-2007 11:13 AM

I prefer the lift.

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#4 posted 04-26-2007 12:51 PM

Thank you for this interesting post Don.
This is my first venture into Greene & Greene style. I’ve always gone with what you may call the Cain & Cain style. LOL
I kind of prefer the lift, but as you can see with my table, I used both. You will see in my future blogs, the reason I chose the downward swoop in the apron.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#5 posted 04-26-2007 01:51 PM

I think that the cloud lift gives a lightness to the design. It makes the wood seem lighter, thinner etc. Perception and not reality can make something seem smaller when it’s not.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#6 posted 04-26-2007 04:24 PM

Lol, I thought the cloud lift was a finishing technique for a project not a design. I don’t understand still what it is but I see some raised arches in the design. At least I don’t think it is a way to apply some finish any more. The reason I thought this was the word cloud as in not a clear finish. I bet that all give you a little giggle, which I understand.

Diane

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#7 posted 04-26-2007 04:48 PM

Your correct Diane, It’s a different way of saying raised arches. I just learned that myself, while doing the ThorsenTable.

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#8 posted 04-27-2007 03:38 AM

shouldn’t the inverse be called a cloud fall?

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#9 posted 04-27-2007 01:55 PM

I like the lift, too.

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#10 posted 04-27-2007 02:03 PM

It’s very uplifting. LOL

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