Charles Henry Manship used his skill as a decorative painter on most of the wood elements throughout the Manship House.  Pine doors were painted to look like mahogany, dining room walls were painted in imitation of a paneled oak room, mantels imitate marble, and baseboards were painted to look like slate, mahogany, and oak.  During the foundation repair project, new baseboards were fabricated and installed around several chimneys.  The new baseboards required the skills of fifth generation master-grainer Malcolm Robson, to recreate those originally done by Manship.  Baseboards in the dining room imitate a wide mahogany base with an oak cap.  The new baseboards were primed in pink and gold colors, and a glaze layer applied to imitate a basic wood grain.  The next glaze layer added the distinctive figuring characteristic of mahogany and oak.  Varnish was then applied for durability and luster.

The baseboard painted in base colors.

Next, a glaze layer is applied to imitate a basic oak and mahogany wood grain.

Master-grainer Malcolm Robson applies the figuring layer to the mahogany baseboard.