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Crown Jewels

 

An artform to beautify homes 2,000 years ago in Egypt is not only alive today, it’s flourishing as traditional technique and modern technology intertwine. From Greece to France to Germany, any place in the world noted for exemplary architecture has a long history of crafting exquisite crown mouldings. Two decades ago, German craftsman Stefan Trost, the owner of Edmonton Custom Mouldings, studied an intensive three year apprenticeship in Germany. “I was fortunate to learn from the old generation,” said Trost. “I learned the old trade.”

 

Exquisite home mouldings available at Edmonton Custom Mouldings.

 

Trost explains that traditional philosophies and proportional rules are as essential today as ever. The 8:5 ratio (the moulding’s height to projection ratio) and knowing that for every one foot of interior ceiling height, you’re allowed one inch of moulding height are two standards that haven’t changed in centuries.

When it comes to precision, traditional craftsmanship has held its own. “What the old stone masons did 1,000-1,500 years ago, just using a hammer and chisel and chipping it out of the rock with those pieces just lining up perfectly,” says Trost, “that’s what blows my mind.”

Now mouldings are cut from foam using a hot wire machine, which is not merely fast (taking a matter of minutes), cheaper since there’s less labour, and extremely precise (accurate to  1/32nd of an inch), but the amount of variety in custom mouldings is endless. 

Custom crown mouldings available at Edmonton Custom Mouldings.

“I bet you can pick 20 high-end homes here in Vancouver, and 18 out of those 20 homes, you will find the same crown mouldings over and over and over again,” says Trost. “But once people get introduced to different shapes, different products, then they actually start to see that, wow, this is possible.”

Discover game-changing custom craftsmanship and design at the Luxury Home & Design Show, May 1-3 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

When it comes to precision, traditional craftsmanship held its own. “What the old stone masons did 1,000-1,500 years ago, just using a hammer and chisel and chipping it out of the rock with those pieces just lining up perfectly,” says Trost. “That’s what blows my mind.”

Now, mouldings are cut from foam using a hot wire machine, which is not merely fast (taking a matter of minutes), cheaper since there’s less labour and extremely precise (accurate to  1/32nd of an inch), but the amount of variety and custom mouldings is endless, something brand new to Vancouver.

“I bet you can pick 20 high end homes here in Vancouver, and 18 out of those 20 homes, you will find the same crown mouldings over and over and over again,” says Trost. “But once people get introduced to different shapes and different products, then they actually start to see that, wow, this is possible.”

Discover game-changing custom craftsmanship and design at the Luxury Home & Design Show, May 1-3 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.