Greene & Greene style Fireplace

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Project by Sam Yerardi posted 09-22-2009 06:13 PM 7503 views 19 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the Greene & Greene fireplace I wanted to post a while back but couldn’t find my camera. The fireplace is made of cherry, sycamore, hickory (sun rays), red oak, and walnut (pegs). Working for a few hours each evening after work and on Saturdays, it took me about a month and a half. Finished in shellac. The cherry top came from a 14’ piece of 3/4” x 13” cherry.

The fireplace itself will get some more work later when I add to it (mirror above, and side cabinets, etc.)

-- Sam

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#1 posted 09-22-2009 06:18 PM

Love the greeene&greene style

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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#2 posted 09-22-2009 06:52 PM

Great lines. The design is inspiring.

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#3 posted 09-22-2009 06:59 PM

Thanks guys!

-- Sam

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#4 posted 09-22-2009 06:59 PM

Beautiful work on this. I love all of the color in this piece, nice job!

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#5 posted 09-22-2009 07:01 PM

Outstanding, rendition of Greene & Greene! Wonderful details.


-- "Pen Kit Tubing and Bushing References" Wayne

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#6 posted 09-22-2009 07:04 PM

Great Job Sam….The finish is exquisite…the style is superb….I would hate to fire up the insert when it is in such a beautiful setting, especially if the insert was not gas…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 09-22-2009 07:19 PM

absolutly beautiful

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 09-22-2009 07:36 PM

sam what a beautiful job…how nice it must be to watch a fire in that fire place…just did a superb job…well worth your time and effort i would say….......with winter coming on …you will have many great fires to enjoy…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 09-22-2009 07:40 PM

sam i was also just thinking with your change in employment and haveing some more time at home..i think i could lay in front of this fire place with a good book and enjoy all your hard work…....stop and smell the roses now…youve earned the right.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 09-22-2009 07:48 PM

Thanks guys!!
Thanks grizzman! I have on occasion… ;) ...

-- Sam

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#11 posted 09-23-2009 12:08 AM

Greene and greene – interesting to me never having seeing it before that i know of. Are there any good books or interweb sites? What would you say are the elements of the style? Whatever it it it is great to look at. The eye kind of moves from place to place at all the elements, how they fit together.

-- Stephen NYS

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#12 posted 09-23-2009 02:10 AM

Hi Stephen,
I would refer to the style as organic. My interpretation is not historically accurate as I am using domestic woods that were never really used in their work, and the sun rays is something that was never seen in their work. The way you have described it is exactly one of the ways that a craftsman wants to convey the style and its interpretation. It is an arts & crafts genre heavily influenced by Asian motifs, etc. but uniquely Greene & Greene. The Greene brothers were architects around the turn of the century in southern California. They designed not only the houses that exemplify this style but the furniture in them as well. They are considered to be the epitome of the Arts & Crafts movement. There are a lot of books about them, their work, etc. Darrell Peart and Robert Lang have written serveral books describing the woodworking details of this style. Do a Google search for the Gamble House, the Blacker House, Charles and Henry Greene. Just Google “Greene & Greene” and enjoy…

-- Sam

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#13 posted 09-23-2009 02:18 AM

One thing I want to point out is the color. The colors of the woods i used are acurately portrayed in the pics but the color of the marble tiles is actually dark green, not blue. The second image shows the correct color (look on the insdie of the fireplace opening).

-- Sam

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#14 posted 09-23-2009 02:52 AM

Looks like you did a great job on this piece. Thanks for sharing

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#15 posted 09-23-2009 03:28 AM

Hey Sam, that is the nicest mantle I have ever seen. You should be very proud of it and proud of your ability to create it. Great work.

-- --It's not how long you live, but how you live that makes it a life.--

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