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    A Gate Leg Walnut Console »

    We finished this walnut gate leg console table today, and it is headed for Vail, Colorado on Thursday with 3 other pieces heading off, respectively, to Chicago, (the custom pool table), Florida, (the 53″ wide claro walnut table… more on that one later), and Houston, (a cherry console table).  Power of the internet.  For the […]

    My Bookstore »

    November is the month for giving thanks, and gratitude for local independent bookstores is the focus of the new book, My Bookstore.  On Friday, November 16th join us Jon Clinch celebrates the Northshire with his contribution to My Bookstore; a collection of essays featuring 75 authors paying enthusiastic, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous tribute to their favorite bookstores and booksellers.  We are asking […]

    Seeders Instruments Banjo #12 »

    Will wrapped up banjo #12 last week and his client/friend is coming to pick it up tomorrow afternoon.  Jeremy is going to be one happy banjo picker.  His friend is a part time professional musician and you can here Jeremy’s band, the Flat Top Trio, at this link.  Click the photos to enlarge them. Will […]

    The Inventor and the Tycoon »

    Life in motion. When the first transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869, Leland Stanford, the head of the Central Pacific, thought a painting commemorating the historic event was called for. A big painting. Stanford commissioned Thomas Hill to recreate the scene at Promontory Summit, Utah on a 96 x 144 inch canvas. It was a […]

    Fiercely Good Books to Sing (or Read) About »

    I always liked reading to young kids. But all too soon, they wanted to read to me. I like that too, but it can be a challenge to find fun stories that we both can enjoy and them read. Imagine my delight, then when I found Fiercely and Friends: The Big Something by Patricia Reilly Giff […]

    Northshire Community Fund »

    A little known fact about the Northshire Bookstore is our great giving spirit. We often have staff potlucks and other occasions of getting together. During these events we pick a local charity and everyone who wishes can donate a few dollars. When we have pie bake-offs, barbeques, costume contests, or holiday potlucks, those who don’t […]

    New Pool Table is Finished »

    Well, after some serious setbacks along the way, all of them inconvenient, but none of them fatal, we finally wrapped up this pool table earlier in the week.  But, due to the hurricane, and the fact that my shipper is based on Long Island, it is still set up in  my shop, waiting to get […]

    The Giant Humbug »

    In 1869 William Newell asked his brother-in-law and other friends to help him build a new well on his farm. What they found was a petrified human!  Or so they thought. And because of that, one of the country’s greatest “humbugs” was born. In The Giant and How He Humbugged America, Jim Murphy weaves a story of how […]

    When Does More Become Too Much? »

    More, by I.C. Springman and Brian Lies is one of the best children’s books to come out this year. There are other great kid’s books, but none that I love so much as this one. The story is about a magpie that, in the beginning, has nothing.  Its mouse friend gives it a marble and […]

    How To Make Your Everyday Table Special »

    All of us have our “good things” tucked away for those special occasions but I would like to make a case for taking these beautiful things out of storage and using them any day of the week. I know this is breaking some sort of assumed rule, somehow handed down along with the objects, but […]

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