Ever since the dawn of time, building elegance has been the top priority of the rich and famous civilizations. Most found that the grander the architecture of the area of civilization, the wealthier they were. A classic example of extreme wealth is the construction of cornices and elegantly carved archways and columns. This may seem relatively cheap now, but back in the day only the rich could afford masons and sculptors to elegantly craft these pieces for their private estates or government buildings. However, with the help of modern technology and plaster mouldings, there has been a significant increase in these elegantly crafted structures.
Whether you are going for a classic-looking house, restoring a Victorian home or simply just having some architectural fun, plaster mouldings have become an easy and cheap way to create and recreate some of the world’s most elegant and eccentric designs allowing the creation of several exact copies of famous pieces. In the olden days, a mason or a stone carver would have to manually chisel each piece by hand. Often young adolescent men would apply as an apprentice in order to learn this exquisite craft. Someone who was wealthy could definitely afford 5-10 master stone masons, along with their assistants. The good thing is technology has allowed us to replicate the work of master craftsmen of the yesteryear, allowing us to recreate timeless masterpieces for a significant deduction in price.
Plaster mouldings is something that does not only apply to cornices or gables or archways and columns. They can apply to sculptures and a wide variety of other things. The increase in plaster moulding goes to show that as the society becomes wealthier, people are willing to spend more on luxury items and general decorations for the household. Plaster-moulded columns are not only bound to a building, sometimes homeowners order columns as garden pieces or fountain pieces. This creates a setting of wealth and ambiance, and should invite a lot of compliments especially if a party is thrown at the individual’s home.
Plaster moulding has come a long way, and if the older civilizations had access to the technology we had now, the olden day structures would have looked much more intricate and finely refined than they are now. The ironic part is olden civilizations managed to still keep the beauty and splendor of the buildings they made without the tools we have today.