History of Wood Doors

The oldest wood door in the world was discovering in Switzerland while digging underneath an Opera house. Built around the same time as Stonehenge, the 5000 year old door has “a clever design that even looks good.”(http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-11593005)



The world’s largest wood door is in the United Arab Emirates and is dedicated to the country’s president Sheikh Khalifa. The door is made of teak and stands more than eighty feet tall. (http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/inspiration-behind-the-forthcoming-worlds-biggest-gate-in-uae)



Cavemen got tired of predators wandering into their caves and causing trouble so they decided to create a barrier that would be easy for humans to get through but hard for animals without opposable digits. While stone and metal were often used in monumental doors such as in Temples and government buildings, wood was the common man’s material. The exception was King Solomon’s temple, whose door was made of olive wood. Asian doors from antiquity often included rice paper framed by bamboo.

Moving up to the High Middle Ages, the designs become unique to a historical period and region. For example English doors from the Tudor period (1485-1625) are very different from English doors during the Baroque period (1625-1715). Discussing the obvious inferiority of wood doors during the British Victorian period (1837-1901) to those of the American Victorian period (1840-1910) seems like a good way to get into a fist fight with a woodcarver. These detailed changes are meticulously cataloged by the woodcarver’s guild of London (est. 1208 AD).

We can touch upon a few of these design periods as some of the styles are still popular today.

Colonial Doors 1607-1780

As the name implies, these doors are of a style adopted by the European colonies. They were generally constructed with wood slates and little decoration. As the colonies became more cosmopolitan, the main entry doors were often carved in patterns akin to their European counterparts.

Beaux arts/Art Deco

Any respectable art history student would be very upset with the above pairing but the two styles are very complicated and inspired by the respected art movements of the times.


The greatest advancement in wood door technology is the ability to make doors that don’t warp with heat and humidity. Making doors out of wood composite with a nice solid wood veneer mitigates the negative atmospheric effects.

70’s show analysis

That Seventies show                           


The episode of That Seventies Show “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” is a good work of art as a whole because it has substance and deeper meaning but lacks the humor that would normally be associated with the characters.  Even when evaluating this one episode, there must be some context particularly because the episode is uncharacteristic of the series.  The production does succeed in showing deeper ultimate values within a comedic framework. 

The show begins in a basketball court where six friends gather to play horse talk about girl problems.  One scene later we have the main conflicts of the episode looming.  An ill tempered grandmother is going to spend the day with the family after church while the grandson agrees to spend time with the old lady so as to deflect the unpleasantness aimed at his mother. 

The scenes move upstairs to downstairs, from the family adult world to the basement where the kids hang out and goof off.  The camera angles are standard sitcom for the most part, a range of medium shots centering on the person speaking or being spoken to.  There are times where the characters are sitting in a circle and the camera rotates around from the point of view of the food.  This is a visually stimulating way to get a quick jump from person to person without cuts.  The best material value comes from the dialogue and the acting who are at the same time very normal and very funny.

One of the most creative techniques for telling the story is when we hear the inner monologue of the characters.  Moving from one person to the next while they are sitting in church and hearing their prayers tells us a lot more than any conversation could.  The mother wishes the grandmother would go away, the grandmother asks god “whats with all the polacks”, the son asks god to do his homework and the father’s prayer to god is “would it kill you to let the packers have a winning season”.  To maintain the feel of the seventies or at least remind the viewer that it is not a contemporary show, the transitions from scene to scene are a background of hippie graphics, old music and the characters jumping around on screen.

At the end of the episode, the son is doing his term paper at one in the morning because grandma occupied him the whole day and his mother comes down to sneak a cigarette. We see the moral of the episode in this short conversation where the tension created by the family visit is finally over; the mother and son are content to be with each other and appreciate the unpleasant sacrifices each of them has made.



Medium shots

Close shots from middle of the table

Leave one by one while the camera rotates