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    Pop Up Television Cabinet »

    We sent a new ‘pop up’ television cabinet off to California last week.  We’ve done a few of them over the years and we thought when we started out that it would be an exact copy, only slightly larger, of the piece below we made back in  2006 or so. As it turned out, while the […]

    The Turning Point—All the Truth is Out by Matt Bai »

    If the world of national politics can be said to occasionally resemble epic tragedy, then Gary Hart might be its Hamlet. Matt Bai, a former correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, has written a blow-by-blow account of Hart’s meteoric fall from grace, an event that not only ended one of the most promising public […]

    Judging a Book By The Cover »

    Do not judge a book by the cover. You have all heard this. Maybe even said it. I know I have. And yet…I did just that. I was browsing books from Summer 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List (a list of Independent Booksellers recommendations. Comes in Adult flavors too. You can pick up a copy in […]

    A Return to the Earth—Some Luck by Jane Smiley »

    Jane Smiley writes, in an enthusiastic preface to her new novel, Some Luck, that it is the first volume in a trilogy that chronicles the century-spanning history of an American family. Each chapter advances the story by a single year, often focusing upon a different member of the rapidly expanding Langdon clan. Beginning in 1920, […]

    Pie Top Table »

    So, my designer friend, Nina, wanted ‘something unusual’ for the top of the antique table base that she bought at Brimfield below.  had to be round.  I scratched my head for a bit, and this is what we came up with. It’s a very cool thing.  kind of like a piano stool.  i wish i had […]

    Reading, Writing and History »

    I have always enjoyed reading and history. Therefore, combining the two has always been an obvious choice.  When I recently found some amazing gems that combine history and good reading in wonderful combinations. First we go to 1848 and The Ice Whale by Jean Craighead George. Here we meet a young Eskimo boy, Toozak. And […]

    Figured Mahogany Slab »

    Well, a friend sent me a link to this mahogany slab that someone donated to the wood shop program at Dartmouth College. So yesterday, I took a little ride over to check it out and ended up buying it.  It’s unusual for me in that there are no live edges and it is quite thick […]

    The Terrible Eventuality – Lila, Marilynne Robinson »

    There comes, in every reader’s life, a sobering moment that is inevitable as death and taxes: A favorite author stumbles. Accordion Crimes did, after all, directly follow The Shipping News, even if we had just as soon just forgive and forget. Of course, it is completely unreasonable to assume that it won’t happen eventually to […]

    The Pilfered Painting—The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt »

    This review is going to be short and sweet. The book that is its subject is neither. That isn’t meant to be a criticism, even if I came away from The Goldfinch thinking it could have benefited somewhat from a touch of both. The final verdict was rendered in the case of Donna Tartt’s novel […]

    For an Object d’Art »

    Chris recently finished this pedestal for a niche in a New York home .. it will hold, I believe, an antique vase, or some other ‘object d’art’. I’ve always liked that phrase. Almost anything can be one, and you get to decide what is one, and what isn’t one.  All you need is a pedestal. We’ve made a […]

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