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    Paleofantasy by Marlene Zuk

    I first heard of Paleofantasy when our rep from WW Norton, David Goldberg, came in to some upcoming releases.  Naturally I snatched up the book as though everyone in the room would immediately lunge for it, but, as usual, my co-workers just stared at me.  It’s no secret that I love science, but this whole […]

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    Steel and Stone Coffee Table

    Sam finished up this steel coffee table frame last week.  It will be leaving for Chicago as soon as the shippers can get here.  It started out as 40″ x 40″ and then, at the last minute, the size was changed to 60″ x 60″.  Quite the change actually.  It’s now a pretty big object.  […]

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    Like This? Try That!

    If you like Mockingbird by Kathryn Eskine, or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, try Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz! All three share an unusual narrator: a teen that has Asperger’s Syndrome or autism. Caitlin (Mockingbird) might look “normal” but she has Asperger Syndrome. Her […]

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    The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond

    Many people fantasize about a world long gone, where life was less complicated by modern day complexities and technology. Diamond has set out to clarify just what we gave up by moving out of hunter-gatherer bands and into high rises. His latest book compares traditional societies with modern lifestyles without glorifying or vilifying either. Diamond explores […]

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    George the Third Dining Table

    Well, ok.  I’ve been putting this one off for a while, I’ve been kind of taking a little blog vacation for a week or so while trevor moved this project along.  It’s a new version of the table above that we built back in 1991. This is a close up of the original edge inlay […]

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    Concrete Comes Inside

    I grew up in the ‘concrete jungle’ of New York City, where my experience with concrete was the bruises it caused on contact with the neighborhood kids’ knees.  Not an endearing history with the material. Fast forward to now, where concrete has made its’ way inside, paving the way (sorry) for a trendy, industrial style […]

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    Vermont: A Love Story

    The Vermont Book Shelf promotes Vermont authors. Recently some have written “a love story” to Vermont.But each has their own reason for loving Vermont. My love of Vermont comes from many factors: such as being born and raised here; most of my family is here; the state is a wonderful collection of people, places and things […]

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    Quirky Collections

    I like short story collections. It is a great way to be introduced to a number of authors all at once. Plus, no handshaking involved! You just have to turn a page. Two new collections that are great page-turners and are as unique as they powerful areLetter Q by Sarah Moon and James Lecesne and […]

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    All the Pretty Pool Tables

    I’ve been making pool tables now since about 1989 …. hmmm almost 25 years?  Seems like a blink.  I was first captivated by pool in high school, at the bowling alley, at Fry’s, the luncheonette with two pool tables ‘in the back’, one for an open 9 ball game (50 cents and a dollar) and […]

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