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    Double Pedestal Oval Table »

    This project started with an inquiry from a client who had taken a image from my blog or website and PhotoShopped it himself to make it into something that better fitted the dimensions of his dining room.  Basically, he stretched out the table below and added another pedestal.  Brilliant, in my opinion. Even though it […]

    Reclaimed Post and Beam Pool Table Installation »

    Will and I took a nice road trip today to Sugarbush Ski Area in Warren, to install the reclaimed post and beam pool table we finished last week.  It was a beautiful, sunny two hour drive, over Brandon Gap in the Green Mountain National Forest, and up Route 100 to Warren, Vermont. The house had an […]

    Joy to the Reading Treats »

    Joy to the world, the books have come! Christmas will be merry and bright as I snuggle under blankets and read one of these great books: A sure fire title that will become a classic is The Birds of Bethlehem by Tomie dePaola.  This telling of how the “spectacular event” occurs (through the eyes of multi-colored birds) is a […]

    A Bleak Wind Off the Prairie »

    There are moments in Thomas Maltman’s novel, Little Wolves, when you can feel a chill passing through you. It isn’t solely the author’s literary evocation of the brutal winter climate in Minnesota, where the temperature gets so low that trees crack like rifle fire and the wind joins its voice with the howling of coyotes, […]

    Trout Fishing in America »

    Well,  what can I say … I was trying to rehab my insulted rotor cuff at the pool table in my cellar the other night, but it was too much for me.  I sat down and started pulling things out of a bookcase at the end of the table.  Hadn’t checked it out in years. […]

    It’s Beginning to Look Like “Holiday” Reading! »

    It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays. From various Children’s staff (and me) these recommendations were given with care for you! The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde  Jennifer runs one of the last Magic-for-Hire companies. Magicians who had ears of kings are “magical plumbers” or use magic rugs to deliver take-out and transplant organs (with few mix-ups). But the […]

    Carved Mantle Scrolls »

    We recently carved some butternut scrolls for a mantle that one of our clients was making.  we had sort of an internet fuzzy photo to use as an inspiration, but we did some Google image research and came up with the drawing below.  Click the photos to enlarge them …   We were pretty happy with […]

    Transitional Side Chairs »

    We’ve been making these ‘transitonal’, Biedermeier inspired, side and arm chairs now for about 15 years,  even after making literally, hundreds of them, they are still a challenge, start to finish.  Curves, compound angles, compound angled leg tops, angled mortises and tenons, you name it.  They are, I must admit though, extremely comfortable, and work […]

    Maybe Tomorrow »

    Thomas Jefferson was the most overrated person in American history. — Pauline Maier Who was Thomas Jefferson? That is the question that keeps recurring throughout Henry Weincek’s recent book, Master of the Mountain, which is tellingly subtitled Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves. Jefferson died in 1826 and, throughout most of the nearly two centuries that […]

    The Other Reader »

    As a bookseller who specialized in middle and young adult readers, I would occasionally get the request for “the other reader.” Or the 10-14 year-old boy/girl who enjoys reading, but has trouble reading. They need high concept, but lower reading level. Trying to find a book that “looks the part” can be tricky. There are a number of […]

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