After a trip to England in 1898 where he was inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, Gustav Stickley returned to the states and launched his own “honest” and unadorned versions of English Arts & Crafts furniture.
Stickley’s pieces were immediately popular in the states and spawned a legion of imitators eager to take advantage of a new trend. But Stickley’s furniture possessed a power and purity not found in the wares of his competitors. One of his most successful pieces was the #74 bookcase.
Our version of this compact and useful piece is made of solid ¾” thick oak, held together with stub mortise-and tenon joinery, then finished with decorative caps. The angled shelves create movement and visual interest; a departure from the usual flat arrangement. The tapered sides, with cut-out handholds give the Stickley bookcase a slim and streamlined profile that reinforces its modern feel. Made of oak, this sturdy piece will endure years of hard use and its appearance will only improve with age.
Although it looks simple, this project provides the opportunity to focus on the subtle details that make the #74 bookcase popular and its appeal so enduring.
This is a weekend or four evening project you will be proud to take home.