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09-03-2009 10:03 AM

In my readings and checking out styles of furniture I have really come to admire greatly the style of Greene and Greene. Something about it just is gorgeous to me. In Pasadena, Ca there is a prime example in the Gamble house, which is open to public tours.

Has anyone gone and is it worth it? If you try G and G style woodworking how difficult was it for you?

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#1 posted 09-03-2009 10:51 AM

wow !
i took the virtual tour .
the greene bros. are a milestone in wood working ,
im sure the tour there is well worth the time/money
for a detailed ” feel ” of their work .

thank you for the ” tour “

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#2 posted 09-03-2009 11:36 AM

Absolutely worth the trip…as often as possible. Darrell Peart’s book has many of the details that define their style. You can look at several of his pieces here on LJs. Robert Lang’s measured drawing books give detalis and dimensions of some of their pieces. There are several coffeetable books with great color pictures. Search here on LJs for other examples of G&G style pieces.

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#3 posted 09-03-2009 01:45 PM

Jason I recently attended a lecture given by none other than Jim Ipekjian. Mr. Ipekjian is one of the most leading authority on G&G reproduction. His works are in both the Gamble House and Blacker House. Google his name and if ever the chance is give his lecture series are the most detail in the G&G style. Good luck on your future plan in building this style of furniture. ...Blkcherry

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#4 posted 09-15-2009 09:24 PM

I love the Greene & Greene style and even though I do period furniture, G&G is the style of woodworking that is my main interest. In answer to your question about how difficult it is, it’s not that it is so much difficult as it is extremely tedius. The pieces more often than not fit together like a puzzle. The Greene brothers were heavily influenced by the Oriental motif, and if you have ever looked at Asian joinery, especially Japanese, you can see where this influence in their work was probably found. Their joinery is not that complex, but the look and feel shows the Asian influence. I was fortunate this year to see the traveling exhibition of the work of Greene & Greene at the Smithsonian. The exhibit is now in Boston until October so if you can visit it check it out.

-- Sam

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#5 posted 09-16-2009 06:43 AM

This house has been on several tv shows including this old house and The new Yankee workshop.It’s amazing house.

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#6 posted 09-16-2009 07:23 AM

I live about five minutes away from the Gamble House, so if you all are visiting drop me a line.

By the way….in October of every year Pasadena Heritage puts on a three day event called Craftsman Weekend. This year’s event will include a private tour of the Freeman Ford house as well as an exhibition hall. The signature event is the Sunday tour of several interesting homes. I highly recommend this event.

Craftsman Weekend:

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#7 posted 09-17-2009 05:56 AM

Missed it by a day! I was going to mention the Craftsman Weekend.

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#8 posted 09-17-2009 06:59 PM

It’s funny, my boyfriend and I were talking about the Gamble house just yesterday because he was explaining to me exactly what “arts and crafts” style is. I’ve only seen it from the outside, and been inside of the garage which was converted to the ticket sales and gift shop….and it definitely was impressive looking just seeing the woodwork around the entry way and all of the stained glass. At that time I hadn’t met my woodworker boyfriend yet, so I knew nothing about woodwork and had no idea of who Greene and Greene were. If I was to go there again in the future I’d definitely want to go inside now that I’m a little more knowledgable and can better appreciate all of it.

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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