Farm Kitchen,s of the 19th Century
“The Finished Work”
In 2003 the Studio of Canadian Wood Craftsman commissioned a 19th Century Farm Kitchen in a gorgeous and unspoiled field stone farmhouse in Grey County, Ontario. These farmhouse kitchens present a very problematic situation. Most modern kitchen cabinet designs highlight large uninterrupted counter space and long runs of cabinets. Large windows coming low to the floor and 2 to 3 doors exiting these large rooms make it almost impossible to incorporate modern kitchen design. Traditionally farm kitchens comprised of Sideboards, Dish Dressers & Hutches. A heavy draw table often adorned the centre of these large kitchens as a preparation space. In this case my client had only an old Hutch unit as shown in the drawing below. The 6″crown mould was partially missing and the pie shelf appeared to have been cut off to accommodate the solo use of the hutch. The original base unit had gone astray in its nomadic past. My client had found the old painted hutch without a base and no doors. It was a rather unusual twist of luck when some years later she found the original doors in an antique shop. We know they where the original doors as the hinges where still attached to the doors and lined up perfectly with the hinge mortise in the hutch. At this point the restoration of the existing pieces and the making of a new base cabinet where inspired.
Composite Elevation: Existing & New
The design reflects a 19th century Germanic influence widely employed as far back as 18th century Pennsylvania. This influence entered Upper Canada by way of the Niagara Peninsula with large communities settling the Waterloo and surrounding counties. These pieces incorporate traditional joinery that was used then and now in these careful reproductions. Joinery like mortise & tenon, frame & panel and dovetailing will ensure longevity and value in these fine pieces.
Elevation: Reproduction Farm Kitchen
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Farmers feed us all. Love em!