Month: January 2015

What is a Bullseye Rosette?

By Scott Sidler • January 29, 2015

Bullseye Rosette

This week’s Ask the Craftsman Question comes from Jasper. “What is a Bullseye Casing?” Jasper, a bullseye casing or a bullseye rosette is the item pictured here. Rosettes were historically a very popular way to dress up door and window […]

How To: Paint In Cold Weather

By Scott Sidler • January 26, 2015


Painting can be a real chore in the wintertime. You’re geared up to get everything finished and then then a cold front moves in and you’re wondering “Do I really have to wait for it to warm up again?” Always […]

How To: Remove Nails From Molding

By Scott Sidler • January 22, 2015

How to remove nails from molding

This week’s Ask The Craftsman Question comes from my younger brother Daniel actually. “How do you get the nails out of crown molding without damaging it?” Daniel asked me this question over Christmas when I was home visiting our parents. […]

How To: Cut Plaster Walls

By Scott Sidler • January 19, 2015

how to cut plaster walls

Yes, there are times when you need to cut a hole in a plaster wall. And before you do it wrong and knock big chunks of plaster from your walls or ceilings, I thought I’d give you some tips on […]

Will New Putty Bond to Old Putty?

By Scott Sidler • January 15, 2015

old window putty

This week’s Ask The Craftsman question comes from Mike. “When reglazing windows, do you have to remove all the old putty or will new putty bond to the old putty?” Mike, it can be a real chore removing every ounce […]

The Absolute Worst Way to Paint a Window

By Scott Sidler • January 12, 2015

the worst way to paint a window

What is the absolute worst way to paint a window? Well, surprisingly, it’s the way that most painters do it! I’m not talking well-meaning DIYers. I’m referring to almost all of the professional painters I see around my town and […]

What is a Dovecote?

By Scott Sidler • January 8, 2015


This week’s Ask the Craftsman question comes from Jennifer. “I have these little pentagon shaped openings near my roof and I’m wondering if you can tell me what they are.” Jennifer, it sounds like you’ve got dovecotes, which were a […]

Why Do We Restore?

By Scott Sidler • January 5, 2015

Why do we restore

I just returned from a much needed 10-day vacation visiting friends and family. Over that time, I had a lot of time to slow things down and do some long overdue reading and reflecting. It wasn’t long before I knew […]