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An array of mallets, chisels, points and more. 

Wooden House Project readers may be wondering, “why a feature on a stonemason when our interest is wood-frame houses?” Well, readers, I present two vital reasons (as well as one bonus reason).

A hint: Look up, look down. The answer after the jump.

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by Sara Durkacs

Just three blocks south of the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, one finds another odd homage to heroes from the comic book pages: stained glass interpretations of Captain America and Spider-Man on sale at the Stained Glass Store. Opaque shades of red, white, and blue expertly pieced together within veins of lead create a usually archaic or divine object for a new generation. These Saintly Superheroes are for sale!

Or, if you prefer, commission Peter Romano, proprietor of the Stained Glass Store, to create your own object of devotion.

A transom above the exterior door featuring your house number, perhaps?

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Photo courtesy Pratt Center for Community Development

Meet the Makers is a new column authored by the lovely Sara Durkacs and focusing on the artists and craftsmen that help make our houses great. To suggest a maker for Sara to visit, please get in touch!

It all starts with a brainstorm of doodles. And then it continues with a series of evolving, feathery pencil lines, the hint of a future bas or high relief wood carving by Deborah Mills, proprietor of the eponymous studio located in Long Island City. “The design process is a huge part of what I do before carving,” explains Mills, “before the wood disappears forever.” Tucked inside the contemporary sunny studio, Mills employs similar carving techniques as used by the ancient Egyptians more than a millennia ago.

Mills’s one-of-a-kind carvings bring the charm of a wooden house’s exterior inside and help to amplify its owner’s unique personality.

The possibilities are as endless as her doodles!