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While I spend much of my time traveling around the country teaching carpenters and contractors the ins and outs of finish carpentry, I don’t often have the opportunity to work for myself—until recently. I bought a home in the Pacific Northwest and during the remodel, I decided to trim all the windows and doors in a Craftsman style, which I’ve always admired because it’s a perfect blend of classical architecture and gothic ornamentation.
If the terms Craftsman, classical, and gothic have you scratching your head, I’m hoping this article will give you some insight into the history and design of the trim that we install in clients’ homes every day.