Friday, March 5, 2010

A Sample of our Architectural Millwork

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Wilson & McCracken has been matching and reproducing Custom Millwork since 1984.

Our traditional designs draw on existing architectural detail for inspiration.
With our guidance, the clients’ ideas become tangible, stylistic expressions of their taste, adding functionality and beauty to their home.

What is Architectural Millwork? Any decorative woodwork which is a permanent part of a building is Architectural Millwork.

Exterior millwork would include corbels or brackets, and all types of gingerbread”, porch components such as railing and posts, columns, entrance surrounds, doors, and gates. Because this type of work is exposed to the elements, we use a very select few species of wood, known for their durability outside. We also utilize several man made materials, like marine plywood, architectural foam, and Thermally Modified Lumber.

Interior millwork would include: wainscot, wood trim, doors, staircases, and built in cabinetry, libraries, staircase paneling, window seats, mantels, and shutters.

Wilson & McCracken treats interior millwork with the same respect as fine custom furniture, and employ many furniture makers’ techniques to achieve this high level of quality.

Book shelves flanking fireplace mantles are typical example of interior custom millwork. For projects like these, we take the responsibility of doing all the measuring. Whether you have a contractor, architect, or you’re a do-it-your-selfer, we’ll make the process straight forward. We’ll meet on site to identify and head off any problem areas, before construction begins. We’ll provide a full set of large scale working drawings, as well as going over the installation process, in detail, in person, on site.

Please scroll down to see a few examples of our work, and call to discuss your project.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Carved Walnut Mantel


Always something fun going on at Wilson & McCracken’s

This mantel is all new.  The details were coordinated with the existing paneling etc. Burl panels, carved leaves and 8″ tall Doric columns with carved capitals make up the mantels legs. The mantel was a part of a much larger project which eventually touched almost every room in the house.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Turned and Carved Newel Posts

These custom oak newel posts are reproductions of the originals which were stolen.

They feature small circular carvings, large stopped chamfers on the corners, stopped fluting, and a really nice little horizontal bead which is milled directly into the post, rather than being applied. Here, they are photographed prior to finish.

Wilson & McCracken regularly produce custom millwork whose level of detail is on par with that of custom furniture.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Walnut Bathroom Paneling

Sometimes we get the best projects.  This client bought an antique cabinet for use in his master bathroom.  Our job was to design and build paneling for the rest of the room to match the cabinet.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Southminster Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh

Southminster Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, Pa.  The object of this project was to transform paneling into an organ chest to receive a new Austin Pipe organ.  The paneling on the wall remained and the curved portion and that above were built new, installed and finished to match.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Carved Window Valances in Walnut

Finished Valances waiting for installation

We always have something fun going on at Wilson & McCracken.  This commission is for seven reproduction valances.  Each valance has 6 carvings and four “veined” sections.  In the new valances, castings of musical instruments will be used in place of the plaster busts.  We’re about half way done here are some progress shots.  We’ll keep you updated.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Heinz Chapel Reproduction Carvings


This was a the first architectural carving project taken on by Wilson & McCracken.

The room features hand carved mahogany panels, coffered ceiling, and other custom millwork including, custom doors, and wainscoting. 

The carved panels are exact replicas of those found in the Narthex of Heinz Chapel in Pittsburgh.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Walnut Balustrade

The newel post was designed and built by Wilson & McCracken.  The main post is constructed of 16 tapered walnut staves.  The cylinder has a band of burl inlay.

The carving is typical of other locations in the house.  Featured in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and seen on On Q Magazine (WQED TV) the newel has been one of our favorite projects.

We were also asked to create a 9′ section of balustrade for the third floor.

Utilizing 4″ thick walnut there were no laminations in the highly turned, shaped and carved spindles.  The hand and base railing contains nine custom matched shapes.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Walnut Fireplace and Entertainment center

Another dream come true client!

As each phase of this project was completed the customer “thought up” more for us to do.  By the time we were done we had  built  a bar,  paneled library, a veneered and leather desk, a paneled fireplace wall/entertainment center, and  several additional custom mantels.  To maintain the colonial detailing we custom veneered the panels to look like solid wood, even in the “raised” portion.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Calvary Episcopal Church Lobby

As part of the 2004 Restoration, Wilson & McCracken built all the interior custom millwork.   Working with The Design Alliance Architects, the wainscoting was designed with special shop fabricated cope joints to facilitate accurate and speedy installation.

The project was photographed for Traditional Building Magazine’s 2004 Religious Properties Awards.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Store Front & Furnishings

This is a recent shot of a storefront we built back in 1984.  The commitment to using the best materials available paid off. Along with proper maintenance and appropriate materials (Honduras mahogany, marine plywood, marine epoxy, and stainless steel fasteners) this restaurant front is still looking good after all these years!

Demonstrating the versatility of Wilson & McCracken, the owner asked us to build 20 or so tables for the  local French restaurant.  The design is an adaptation of a traditional Shaker design.  Antique cherry was used for the legs.  The top featured hand planed boards secured from below with a sliding dovetailed stretcher.  The detail photo here is taken after 20 years in service.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Zelienople Porch

Working from a photo of the Fanker House in Zelienople Pa, we were able to design and build this porch to match the original.  Utilizing marine plywood, Honduras Mahogany and epoxy, we created a porch which will last for another century