Archive - Jan 13, 2005

How finished is finished?

I recently read of an architect who said he preferred the look of buildings when they were about half-finished. I see what he means. As every stage of construction is completed, something is lost, be it a view to the outside, or a view of the rafters, or the covering of the studs with dry wall.

I enjoy the rafters on old barns. There are nice rafters in the Industrial Building at the fairgrounds in Fertile.

I like the look of lumber. In fact, I prefer the look of lumber to that of finished, stained, painted wood. Lumber with pencil marks on it.