Re: Staining wood trim for a 1910 craftsman?
It's typical to have had a mix of painted and natural-finished woodwork throughout the house. Best rooms (entry, living/parlor, dining) would often be wood, and bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen would be paintwork.
If you're considering stripping, if you're lucky enough to find a layer of original shellac, you have a straightforward path to getting what you want; use a heat gun or Silent Paint Stripper to soften the paint and peel it off with various tools (screwdrivers for corners and beads, putty knife and s c r a p e r s for the flats) which will get you 95% there. Then use a liquid stripper chemical (I strongly recommend Kutzit) to remove the last 5% of the paint, and the old shellac (In old houses, it's usually shellac as the varnish). Use all lead removal precautions.
Using heat over old shellac as the major force of stripping (instead of going straight at it with chemicals) is the fastest and most efficient process. (but: Don't char the wood.) It will result in the cleanest stripping job, and your work will all match the original appearance of the trim as it was intended to look.
If the wood had paint originally, it's going to be darned near impossible to go back to wood. In a case like that, it's worth considering having the molding profiles duplicated (in the wood of your choice), and scrapping the original wood.
Remove not the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.