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How To: Make Your Own Glazing Putty

By Scott Sidler | April 24, 2017

how to make your own glazing putty

You may have thought that you can only buy glazing putty from us here at The Craftsman Blog, but did you know you can make your own glazing putty in a pinch? That’s right! It just take a couple basic […]

Do No Harm

By Scott Sidler | April 17, 2017

do no harm

The Hippocratic Oath. It’s something every doctor swears to when he or she becomes a doctor. It’s at the foundation of who they are as a doctor. They are healers, people who restore bodies to health. Whatever unique or creative […]

How To: Age Hardware

By Scott Sidler | April 10, 2017

Say you’ve got an old house full of old hardware that has developed a nice patina over the years, but you have a few missing or broken pieces of hardware. Maybe a missing window latch, a door escutcheon, and a […]

4 Tricks to Match Old Trim

By Scott Sidler | April 3, 2017

4 Tricks to Match Old Trim

Interior trim and casings are some of what make an old house so exquisite! I love the unique profiles and designs on older homes. So many new houses have standard colonial base and case as we call it, and it’s […]

How To: Use A ProScraper Like a Pro (Video)

By Scott Sidler | March 27, 2017

how to use a proscraper like a pro

What’s the most valuable tool in my restoration arsenal? Well, it depends on the job, but most of our jobs have something to do with scraping paint and that means I need my ProScraper. If you haven’t heard of it […]

Fighting Broken Window Theory

By Scott Sidler | March 20, 2017

fighting broken window theory

For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, the “broken window theory” is the idea that by working to prevent small crimes like vandalism and other misdemeanors neighborhoods will be sparred the larger and more serious crimes that […]

Original Materials Are Better

By Scott Sidler | March 13, 2017

original materials are better

This has been a fun trip down the path toward Proving Preservation with you guys. I’ve gotten some great feedback from readers and hope you’ll continue to give me your thoughts. After all, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man […]

Old Building, Green Building

By Scott Sidler | March 6, 2017

old building green building

“The greenest building is the one that is already built.” – Architect Carl Elefante That’s what it comes down to today doesn’t it? In this age of sustainable, environmentally smart, green consumerism we want buildings that are as green as we are. […]