Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Beauty of Natural Building Materials

This takes my breath away. The art of the stone mason and fine woodworker. One simple hydrangea set between the stepping stones and moss. This house will stand the test of time. It's practically impossible to find such craftsmen these days. Awesome! via

6 comments:

Mama Pea said...

Fairy tale-ish!! I sincerely believe craftsmen (and craftswomen) are what our society is lacking these days. You can't create something like that sitting at a computer all day. Anyone who can work with their hands and create something like that building should not be called a common laborer and/or blue collar worker. He/she is creative to the utmost and should be esteemed. (In my humble opinion.)

jusaweecatnap said...

Truly beautiful house. (I half expect to see a BP character peeking out the window.) I was just thinking today, while looking at a catalog, how our holidays have changed. We have plastic trees to replace real ones, electric lights to replace candles, plastic candles with remote controls instead of wax candles with wicks, plastic Easter eggs, plastic pumpkins, and so on. Each has its practical side, but when you see the real thing you are reminded how special it is. Real stone houses as opposed to a stone veneer, wooden clapboard siding vs vinyl siding, dry wall stones carefully fitted together to last centuries vs cement blocks in dull rows. We drift further away from the real deal every day.

The Queen Vee said...

Awesome, I agree.

Mama Pea has a valid point.

Creativity can be accomplished and excellent results can be achieved in so many different ways, we need to recognize and applaud all those who really excel in what ever medium they choose. This from a mum who has two sons who excel at design and creativity via a computer.

jane said...

I also appreciate brick houses. Not quite as naturally lovely but usually long lasting.

Mama Pea said...

Queen Vee - I didn't express myself very well. Kudos to your sons for their talent and creativity using today's technologically advanced tools. What they do is definitely a part of the whole process. But I still think we need the dirt under the fingernails, possibly sweaty(!) craftspeople to carry a project to fruition. These craftspeople must possess their own talent and should be compensated for it. Historically, and all the more so currently, I don't think we've given the brick layer, carpenter or cooper their just due. Too often we think of someone working with their hands as not having the brains to do otherwise.

Sam Wilkins said...

I love the look of natural building materials. It is amazing how we can create so many beautiful things from materials we can find right outside our own homes. My husband and I would like to build a little workshop in our backyard, and I am definitely going to suggest we use natural materials.