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    Just a Simple Country Table

     This one snuck into the shop to be fixed during Open Studio Weekend … I didn’t pay much attention to it until i turned it over  …  very cool. I love the little recurves where the aprons flare out to join the legs.  It’s got some nice caryatid type ormolu thingys holding up the top […]

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    Ebay Find…Before and After

    A little before and after here.  A client brought us the chair below.  It had a lovely mousey bouquet about it and some really funky red fabric, but the bones were good, and the hardware was complete and functional.  Our friend Isaiah at Bespoke Upholstery carefully disassembled it, saving the original fabric and frames for […]

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    Claro Walnut Slab Headboard

    Our faithful delivery man Ken, delivered and hung this claro walnut headboard in New York City last week.  The project has been ongoing for a month or two and it was nice to see it finally in place. I posted this photo of one of three new slabs I received back in March.  This client […]

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    You’re an Unnatural Creature — Neil Gaiman

    From spots, to phoenixes, to werewolves and even Death, Neil Gaiman has collected sixteen short stories exploring the unnatural creatures of myth, magic and darkness. Unnatural Creatures are experiences told in fun, thrilling and explosive text. Each will unnerve you, open your eyes to the unusual and even occasionally make you laugh! Authors such as […]

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    Open Studio 2013

    Here we go again  … Vermont Open Studio weekend.  Year 21.  I missed a few in the late 90’s when we were building and moving, but typically, we’re there, opening our doors and welcoming the public into our freshly cleaned workspaces.  It should be called spring cleaning weekend, at least here at Dorset Custom Furniture. […]

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    Short Stories fill Your May

    While May is half over, there is still time to enjoy Short Story Month. Two amazing young adult collections (that cross over very nicely into the adult realm) are Twisted Fairy Tales by Maura McHugh (illustrated by Jane Laurie) and Under My Hat edited by Jonathan Strahan. Twisted Fairy Tales include 20 sinister fairy tales […]

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    Claro Walnut Sideboard

    We’re working on a fun one.  We have accumulated a small pile of cutoffs from the 15 or twenty claro walnut tables we’ve made in the past couple of years and now we’ve got a use for them.  This client bought our table back in February and it is being used as a desk in […]

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    Gulp by Mary Roach

    Mary Roach’s books have been on my to-read list for a long time. However, when your job depends on knowing what’s new and great, reading an author’s backlist can be difficult to find time for.  Naturally, when Roach’s newest book came out, I jumped at the chance to finally make time for this intriguing writer. […]

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    Swimming with the Fishes

    If you took Hilari Bell, Pittacus Lore, Jessica Khoury and a bit of Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, this would be the result! The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke is a first novel, but will not be her last. Nere has always felt like she does not belong, a real “fish out of water.” But […]

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