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DAN'S GINGERBREAD designs reflect objects that are both beautiful and
Functional in that they can form a support or create a uniqueness.
They also have history, and in some folklore, the designs offer
VICTORIAN GINGERBREAD AND CORBELS date back many years. In Medieval
Europe, the corbels tucked under cornices and propping up portico roofs
were often grotesque and scary. The frightful corbels were thought to
ward off evil. The history of corbels in America is far less macabre.
They were made out of wood due to the abundance of trees here and were
often positioned at a 90-degree angle between the porch posts and the
ceiling over head. Corbels were integral to the "gingerbread" Victorian
era of the mid to late 1800's. Exterior corbels were common on
Tudor-style houses and the Craftsman bungalows of the early 1900's
GREATLY ADDING to the picturesque character of a home inside or out ,
corbels (or brackets, as we call them now) lend a unique style of their
own. On the outside of a house, porch, ranch or barn, a personal touch
is added to your property. On the interior, corbels can be used to prop
up a mantle, brace a cantilevered countertop, or provide the base of a
built in table. Positioned in the corners of an interior passageway, a
matching pair can turn a standard square opening into an interesting
HORSESHOES, CROSSES, HORSES, LIZARDS AND CLOVER are some of the designs
he has used in his BARN ART SERIES brackets. Some signify good luck,
some offer protection and some are just whimsical.
HORSESHOES are considered very lucky and are hung above doorways outside
houses, barns, and stables. Many believe that the horseshoe ends have to
pointed up so that the luck will not run out. However, in some cultures,
they believe that the ends must be down in order for the luck to pour
out and surround you with luck for eternity. Either direction, all over
the world, the most interesting possibility for the lucky horseshoe
superstition is perhaps its association with the horse itself. The horse
has been a beloved and sometimes even worshiped animal amongst cultures
all over the world, so it would make sense that the shoe of such a
magnificent animal would be valued. There is a myth amongst the English
in which the horse is considered a luck-bringer, and horse-worship was
common practice amongst the early Celts, Teutons, and Slavs. In Indian
myth, the horse is often considered to be a symbol of good luck.
FOUR LEAF CLOVER has also been considered lucky since they are so rare,
the four leaves representing the four directions and having the same
design as a cross.
LIZARDS were considered lucky by the ancient Asians purely because they
have the capacity to change color which made them appear magical.
WHATEVER your beliefs may be, just enjoy the designs and touring our
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