Category Archives: Miniatures

The Breeze, Pt. IV: The Nitty-Gritty of Utility Sinks

Once again it is my aim to come to the aid of metallically challenged miniaturists—those who want the look of metal, without the heartache of soldering gun or anvil. Whether you pine for a period stove, ice cream freezer, Monel-metal … Continue reading

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Cooking Up the Breeze: Interior, Pt. 1

In 1996, two years after we began work on miniaturizing The Breeze fried clam stand in Castine, Maine, a friend wrote in a Christmas card that it had sold. When Noel and I began the design, the then current owner invited us … Continue reading

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The Breeze, Pt. II: The Question of Awnings

In Sunday’s funnies, a man encircled by boisterous children confesses to his wife, “I thought I knew all the answers, but they keep thinking up new questions,” which reminded me of one of our workshop students. “Why doesn’t my work … Continue reading

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The Road to Ruins: Walking Rome, Florence, Venice, Siena…

Noel and I spent our month in Italy combing side streets for out-of-the-way monuments. On foot we hoped to acquire a sense of that country’s architectural flavorings. In Rome’s alleys we ferreted out lesser hunks of ancient ruins, in Venice … Continue reading

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The Care and Feeding of Dollhouse Makers…

or, Fueling the Muse Part I: Get a Job The Mini Muse started a hunger strike about ten years into our stint as miniaturists. For most of those years we lived, mind and body, immersed in work (even though work was … Continue reading

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The Last of the Bungalows: A Labor of Love

1994 Bungalow teaching project, currently residing at the National Museum of Toys & Miniatures in Kansas City Our obsession with Charles & Henry Greene, and the Arts and Crafts Bungalow style, reached its finale in late 1994 when we started the … Continue reading

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Inner Workings: Faces of the Moon, Pt. V

A reader recently asked how Noel and I divvied up the jobs on a project. It’s a good question because I’ve spent a lot of time writing about what I did, and sort of waving to Noel who was slogging along on … Continue reading

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Wave Coursing: Faces of the Moon Pt. IV

At 4:03 a.m. on Jan. 7, 1994 the Northridge earthquake shook southern California awake, including the future owners of the Faces of the Moon project. Paula Jones was about to slap President Clinton with a lawsuit, and movies–for us Forrest … Continue reading

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The Stair People and Other Nomads: Faces of the Moon, Pt. IV

With the question of what to do with the space between the chimney and the entry still hovering, we continued our work on the toymaker’s workshop. While Noel was devising all kinds of fun exterior details, and figuring out the interior, the last of … Continue reading

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Rocking Gepetto’s Chimney: Faces of the Moon Pt. III

In more ways than one, this posting is about splitting rock—1) the literal task of splitting rock for a miniature chimney, and 2) the more cerebral task of bashing my mid-20th Century brain against the rock of Millennial technology to … Continue reading

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