In architecture, each of the small, rectangular blocks -- think of a row of teeth -- under the bed-molding of the cornice in the Ionic, Corinthian, Composite, and sometimes Doric, designs. In woodworking, smaller in scale, but with a similar location, just below the cornice. In the 18th-century, from Greek, Roman, and Renaissance sources, Robert Adam (1728-1792), the Scottish architect and furniture designer, introduces over 100 ornaments, including the dentil, to furniture design. However, Charles Hayward claims that dentils are a feature of the Jacobean design, which makes dentils in use in Britain between 1603 and 1660.
When we built our home back in the 1990s, I knew I wanted dentil molding (think of big teeth). I had to be out of town when they got to this phase of construction. When I returned, I found that they had hand-cut over 700 pieces of perfectly matched in size squares to create one of my favorite artisan aspects of our home, the crown molding.
Our open area from front to back & around back to the front again brings a smile to my face when I think about the wonderful men who created this beauty. You can buy this molding already formed, but it isn't the same.
There is a depth of feeling and emotion released from the artisans represented in each square. Every square is glued, and one single nail holds it in place.
A dentil pattern is generally between two moldings and intended for decorative effect by the alternation of light.
As I look at each small square around our living area, I am thankful that I am free to live for Christ. We are called as disciples to reach the people in the Name of Jesus. Think of each square as representing those that God has called us to touch in some way. There are over 700 represented here. How are we doing?
In Matthew 4:16-20, we read ...
the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.” From that time on, Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Jesus Calls His First (and us as) Disciples
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once, they left their nets and followed him.
Are we willing?
He bore the nail for each one of us. A beautiful reflection of Light!!!