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Furniture in the Southern Style Collection (Book & CD)

By Robert W. Lang and Glen D. Huey

Format: Hardcover

SKU# V6692

Furniture in the Southern Style: 27 Shop Drawings of Furniture from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

"The drawings from MESDA's collection satisfy my eye in capturing the kind of structure, art and honesty I have seen in 18th-century furniture." — Mack S. Headley, Jr.

Early American furniture has been widely studied, but through a narrow lens. Typical museum pieces seen today were not found in typical homes, and there is a vast amount of distinctive furniture from the southern region of early 18th- and 19th-century America that has been largely ignored. Furniture in the Southern Style is the first book of measured drawings to present details of this vernacular furniture, which draws on a wide variety of influences that combine to make forms that are uniquely Southern and typically American. No serious study of 18th- and 19th-century American furniture would be complete without the in-depth examination of work produced in the South that this book provides.

  • In this book, you get measured drawings of 27 pieces of furniture built between 1710 and 1860 – You'll see the inside story of how these pieces were made, including the important details that set them apart.
  • Each piece is presented with a photograph of the antique, and an introduction to its features, history and construction techniques. An exploded drawing shows how all the parts work together. You'll also find all the information you need to build this furniture in your own shop: section, top, front and side views, all with measurements, as well as detail views and patterns.
  • An historical overview from the authors gives the history of furniture building in the South, and explains the many immigrant influences that contributed to the design and construction of these important pieces.
Furniture in the Southern Style is the first book to celebrate this overlooked furniture tradition – and with these measured drawings, you can build period reproductions of this important furniture, or use these drawings as a starting point for developing your own designs. Whether you're a collector, or a student of history or design, a thorough understanding of the anatomy of these pieces – how they were made, and why they were made with particular details – will be an invaluable resource.

Furniture in the Southern Style CD: 27 SketchUp Models of Pieces from the MESDA Collection

On this CD, you'll find the 27 detailed SketchUp models that were built to generate the illustrations for the book Furniture in the Southern Style: 27 Shop Drawings of Furniture from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Working with these models is as close as you can come to physically taking apart original examples of priceless antiques. With the free Google SketchUp program installed on your computers, you can:
  • Closely examine every furniture part and every joint
  • Develop and print detail drawings and cutlists
  • Explore construction details
  • Use the provided models as a starting point to develop your own designs
Google SketchUp can be downloaded, free at; it works on both PCs and Macs. More information on using this program is available at
SKU V6692
Author/Speaker/Editor Robert W. Lang and Glen D. Huey
Format Hardcover

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