Morris Chair and Gustav Stickley #1: The Gustav Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

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Blog entry by jfastman posted 04-20-2014 07:24 PM 1963 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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The Gustav Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms held an open house weekend to celebrate its twenty fifth anniversary. Originally built in 1911, the Stickley home was first open to the public in 1990 with the help of The Craftsman Farms Foundation. The thirty acre Nation Landmark was the only home that Gustav built for himself and his family to live in. Two cottages were built to house his family as the log home was constructed. The home was intended to be used as a boy’s school but those plans failed and Gustav and his family moved into the house in October of 1911 and lived there until 1915.
You may be asking yourself why am I writing about The Stickley Museum by now. I’m a member of The Wood Whisperer Guild and the next project is a Morris Chair. I wanted to get some background on the chair. I wanted to see it, touch it and sit in it. I got my chance to do that and more during my visit to the museum. You are not allowed to touch or photograph anything inside of the log home but you sure can in the North Cottage. I spent at least 45 minutes sitting in a fine example of a Morris Chair. The docents and I talked about everything Stickley as I began to yawn in comfort while relaxing in the chair. I could have taken a nap right there next to the fireplace! Lucky for me, the weekend I visited there was an open house unlike most other times you take a guided tour that is on a pretty tight schedule. I was able to inspect and photograph every aspect of the joinery and upholstery.
While I was at the museum I visited the gift shop and purchased a few items and signed up to become a supporting member. I highly recommend this museum to anyone who appreciates simpler times and quality craftsmanship in a home and it’s furnishing.

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#1 posted 04-20-2014 09:42 PM

Thank you for the information. I knew about the NY location, but did not know about the NJ Farm. I have built several on his pieces of furniture including the Bow Arm Morris Chair and Foot Stool.
Yes, it sleeps very well. I hope you have fun building your chair.
I have put the NJ Farm on my bucket list of places to visit.

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