Melba Levick, photographer

Casa_cal008Photographer Melba Levick has probably shot more Spanish / Mission revival homes than any other photographer anywhere. She's the author of over 40 books, including Japanese Style Gardens of the Pacific West Coast and Paradise Found, as well as Mexicolor and Casa California (the last two were particularly useful when planning restoration of my own 1920s Mission Revival bungalow here in Sacramento). Her site includes a number of galleries related to the themes of her books (missions / Japanese gardens / Spanish-style homes / "Mexicasa"), all of which are definitely worth visiting. You can also order prints of individual images online.

Bechtle Bungalows & Flickr, too


"Enough with the Flickr posts," I'm sure you're all saying to yourselves. Ah, but this is more than just another Flickr post. Because I found a great album of East Bay bungalow pictures ("Springtime in Berkeley") taken by Flickr user Jonathan, aka Curiousyellow. But does the neatness of this little synchronicity end there? No, it does not. Because Jonathan is also an aficionado of the work of the great photorealistic painter Robert Bechtle, who features such homes in much of his work, and he has written several good articles on Bechtle and his work.

Flickr dot com


My latest internet obsession is the magnificent timewaster called Flickr, a sort of democratic and open photo organizing/sharing application. There are social aspects of the system I've hardly explored, such as discussion groupson any of hundreds (or thousands?) of topics. One great feature is the ability to label your own photos with tags. I myself haven't yet used tags, although I have uploaded a number of my own photographs (I use it primarily to share photos with my family and friends so they won't be all that interesting to you, reader x). Luckily, a lot of people do use tags, and a quick search of the craftsman tag gives us photos of kitchen remodels (here are more), beautiful houses, restoration projects (lots and lots more. Searching for other tags gives us even more, like this little Craftsman gem in Los Angeles' Los Feliz neighborhood and these compact Craftsman; some blurry furniture; architectural detail;  Missions in Carmel and Houston; A & C frescoes; a very pretty Prairie vase; ad infinitum.

And as of today, Hewn & Hammered has its own Flickr group, a collaborative supplement to our photo albums here, and any Flickr member (basic accounts are free!) can contribute photographs!

photo album additions

We have a few new additions to our photo albums, including some photographs sent in by Christopher Campbell in our Westwood Park album. If you can supply a few photographs of interesting historical homes in your area, we'll set up an album for your neighborhood too! I would really like to feature photos of interesting interiors, remodel / restore projects and interesting external detail; please forward such images to us! OK, I'll stop harassing you about this now.

Tom Stangeland & Steve Helberg:
Arts & Crafts Master Artisans in Pacific NW

ChinahutchWhen we moved into our home in 1998, we decided to furnish our main floor with Arts & Crafts furniture. We saw Tom Stangeland's Greene & Greene dining room table (modeled on one in the Blacker House in Pasadena) at NW Fine Woodworking here in Seattle and this was (to quote Casablanca) the "beginning of a beautiful [creative] friendship."

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