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 casings.
They also made installing interior casing much easier by eliminating mitred cuts. The head casing and side casings would simply intersect the rosette in a butt joint which simplified the process.
There have been many different styles of rosettes over the years. And there are still a variety available today, but the bullseye rosette has always been the most popular style across America.
Often used with plinth blocks, where the casing meets the floor, rosettes are a unique piece of your home’s historic details because on older houses, each one was uniquely made by a local mill or craftsman before the days of mass production.
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