A Gorgeous Hand-Built Wood Mantel

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Our client was looking for a unique wood mantel. The majority of the piece had a very detailed but traditional shape. In contrast, the face was to be more delicate and organic. The mantel was built by hand in the White River custom shop. Special features included: • Custom mouldings to match the existing space • Tapered legs with tapered panels • Intricate curved work   To make the central forms required some creativity. We started with an existing wood carving, our “Medium Scrolls” CRV5649. We trimmed and reshaped it to match the client’s desired look.   Across the face, the mouldings curved toward the central carving. They tapered in both width and height, diminishing until they died into the carving. This involved a lot of hard work and careful hand shaping.

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How to Use Decorative Mouldings in a Trapezoid Coffered Ceiling

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People often have the assumption that coffers can only be put into rectangular rooms. This misconception can cripple a design before it gets started. But our client for this project was willing to think outside the box. He came to us with the challenge of adding decorative millwork to a home theater in his existing basement space. The room had many design challenges: irregular walls, varied ceiling heights, existing ceiling equipment, and a strongly asymmetrical shape. Our coffer design needed to fit into the 15’ x 20’ trapezoidal center section of the ceiling.                                                   We saw the unusual shape as a challenge, not a stumbling block. The coffered ceiling needed to be the highlight of the space, and here are a few key elements of how […]

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The Crown Jewel of Crown Mouldings

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The ceiling can be the most dynamic of spaces in a room, acting as a blank pallet, unencumbered by furniture. In days past, ceiling beams were exposed giving visual interest to the ceiling. Over time, they became more elaborate, culminating in the coffered ceiling system. This type of ceiling has recently made a very welcomed come-back. In fact, coffered ceilings are one of our most common Design Services projects here at White River.

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5 Steps for Developing a Custom Woodcarving

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While White River sells a large variety of woodcarvings, sometimes only a custom piece will do. But that process can seem mysterious; how does a custom order become a finished product? This post looks to give a quick peak into how this magic happens.

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