No man wins his greatest fame in that to which he has given most of his time: it's his side issue, the thing that he does for recreation, his heart's play-spell, that gives him immortality. No truer words ever writ by Elbert nor more ably demonstrated by the folks at Distributed Proofreaders, a completely volunteer group, working on making books by Elbert Hubbard freely available in digital form. They are working a current project involving all of the Little Journeys books and have completed several of them. Several other Hubbard books are also available from Project Gutenberg, which archives the work of the Distributed Proofreaders. Their stated goal is to make all of Elbert's works freely available to anyone who wants to download them. You can join in this effort and help make that possible by visiting Distributed Proofreaders to proof a page or two. Here is the opportunity for every Royal Roycrofter to gain their bit o' immortality by helping in this noble project.
Cranberry Press is the result of a lifelong fascination with letterpress printing by a truly multi-talented individual, Mark Nero, and his ability shines through all his work. The Press' main output is Arts & Crafts-oriented notecards, with one line made using the original plates designed by Roycroft artisan Dard Hunter, himself. The results are stunning. One very limited edition set even uses original Dard Hunter handmade paper. This is as close as you'll ever get to the real Roycroft, in deed or in spirit.
A dedicated individual (Isn't that where it all starts?!) has made a site dedicated to the more glorious and wow!-inspiring Roycroft book arts. The diversity, craftsmanship and just plain beauty of the work is amazing. The site is a wonderful example of the use of the Internet with collectors virtually 'sharing' items in their possession. Without this site, most Folks would NEVER have the opportunity to see these pieces, short of waiting for a revival of the Head, Heart and Hand exhibition. This site deserves a Deep Bow and a Tip of the Sombero from everyone that is interested in Roycroftie Books.
Several years back, when the Fra became interested in A&C, he suggested to the Espousa that a cross-stitch design business focused on A&C designs was a viable addition to the financial arrangement. Alas, it wasn't to be, but another individual, Heartland House Designs, with foresight and appreciation has taken the Fra's idea and run with it. They offer cross stitch and needlepoint kits, charts and canvases adapted from the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Dard Hunter (adapted with Dard Hunter III's permission) and other Arts & Crafts designers. The one rub is you have to actually then complete the projects, which may be problematic for some. (The Fra knows one who would view it so 'personally.')
The Gem of the Midwest has been found; and it's in little Perry, Iowa. Located just northwest of Des Moines, in a town of less than 10,000, is the truly amazing and wonderful Hotel Pattee. It's a AAA Four Diamond hotel, built in 1913, with 40 themed rooms, an incredible original English Arts & Crafts lobby, and a Wine Spectator-award winning restaurant. Add in a Craftsman-style two lane bowling alley (Find that anywhere else!) and you will understand why this is such an delight and something very, very special. If you stop by and spot someone relaxing and smiling broadly in the Milwaukee Diner or the Willis Library Room, stop and say hello. It most likely will be the Fra Himself, or maybe not. Either way, you'll meet a happy and content individual and isn't that what we want in who we meet?
They were competitors for the consumer book-buying dollar back in their Day, but No More! To see what another independent-minded publisher of a 'little magazine' and beautiful things was up to, see the Thomas Mosher site at beautiful Millersville University. A very nice and complete site, indeed!
If you like your Arts & Crafts with a scone and a little Earl Grey, and you know who you are, then check out the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum. The collection covers not only William Morris, but also the folks in his footsteps such as Ashbee, Voysey, Ballie Scott and Gimson. Not too many museums have this nice of a virtual home, but a Tip of the Derby to these Folks across the Pond.
The Webpage of the Roycrofters is a true labor of love and, here's another that has the same Spirit and obvious Love for its Subject. Jim Holzschuh has created a page dedicated to Roycroft Master Wood Carver, Charles Hall. The site is Chock full of interesting information and tidbits. It should be a Guide to anyone looking to do a Tribute Page. This is how it's done.
Need an A&C CD storage unit or a Japanese design-inspired birdhouse or a 46-star flag for 4th of July decoration? The Craftsman Homes Connection is THE spot if you're looking for a tasteful repro or an A&C version of a modern accessory. The Fra isn't aware of anywhere else an A&C devotee can find so much in one spot. And he bets you'll be sure to find something that piques your interest.
The Roycroft Copper Online Price Guide is intended as a resource for collectors and as far as we know is the only site exclusively dedicated to Roycroft metalwork. We can't vouch for or argue with the values, he gives, but the site is definitely worth a visit for the great images of some of the Roycroft Copper Shop's finest work. A Tip of the Sombrero for this great resource.
Our dear friend, Dard Hunter III, has a fascinating site devoted to the work of his illustrious father and grandfather. There is a gallery of modern items from Dard Hunter Studios, which grows every time the Fra turns around. If you want that certain look for your dream bungalow, this is THE place to start. The Fra certainly did!
The Fra-in-Charge is fascinated with Arts and Crafts tile. Tile for a wall, tile for decoration, tile in tables, tile with mottoes inlaid for a fireplace hearth. He, and probably anyone else, can get their cup filled at Designs in Tile. These folks have got just about all of it and then some. Where else could you find tile to match that Mizner-designed Florida Italinate bungalow or an A&C motto done across multiple tiles? Designs in Tile, that's where.
Dorcas Bee Recommends is a site where just about everything on the Web concerning Pre-Raphaelite art, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, early 20th century artists, illustrators of the Golden Age, Victorian art, or specific artists from these areas is listed. The Fra thinks the page may be mistitled, unless Dorcas Bee is such an easy-going individual to apparently like and be willing to "recommend" everything on the Web even remotely tangential to any of the subjects listed above. Still, if you want to find that John Ruskin webpage, pronto!, this is the spot.
The Dard Hunter-designed (Arts & Crafts) typeface that has been used in the making of TWOTR is a product of P22 Type Foundry in collaboration with the Burchfield-Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College. The P22 folks have done some really neat and eclectic work with various museum exhibits around the country.
If you like your Epigrams with a Chiropractic twist, The Palmer School of Chiropractic has 'em. B. J. Palmer was a fan of Elbert's and commissioned numerous Roycroft items, including a hall clock with the word "CHIROPRACTIC" around the numerals of the dial. Some of the epigrams are lifted straight from Elbert (that's a change), some have a slight adjustment, but most are totally unique. All are definitely Roycroftie in spirit.
The L.& J.G.Stickley Co. has a great site. Among several features is a look at Stickley's current collection and a picture of the "Roycroft by Stickley" repro of the Grove Park Inn Great Hall Clock. Future additions to the site may include a virtual tour of Gustav Stickley's home.
The Institute of Paper Science and Technology (yes, a real place and I don't know if their teams are the Fighting Binders) is home to the American Museum of Papermaking (AMP). How this relates to Roycroft is by way of that most celebrated of Roycroft artists, Dard Hunter. The site gives his history which includes the founding of the Dard Hunter Paper Museum, which later became the basis of the current AMP. BTW, the picture of Dard is a later one, even though labeled "Young DH," in which he appears rather severe.
In the spirit of the Arts & Crafts societies of the early 20th century, this site was created to provide an on-line "home" for the present-day Arts & Crafts community. It is a growing resource guide for virtually (no pun intended) every aspect of current A&C activity.
Frank LLoyd Wright was a contemporary and acquaintance of Elbert Hubbard. In fact, Hubbard visited Wright at his Home and Studio in Oak Park, IL during some of his national lecture tours. It's also neat that inside the office of the Studio is a complete 14-volume set of Hubbard's "Selected Writings," even if it is anachronistic.
The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC was originally furnished by the Roycrofters and to this day has one of the finest collections of Arts and Crafts furniture in the country. It is also home to the annual Arts and Crafts Conference held every February.
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