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    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 […]

    Call me Duke—John Wayne – The Life and Legend »

    I remember reading an article about Marilyn Monroe a while ago. After returning from a walk around the block of her Manhattan apartment with a friend, she noticed a group of photographers gathered around the entrance to the building. Monroe turned to her companion and said, “Want to see me be her?” In some ways, […]

    Live Edge Claro Walnut Table »

    Well, here we have a classic ‘before and after’ … above is the ‘before’, obviously, and below, we have the ‘afters’. It’s a nice slab with wonderful color and figure.  Click the photos to enlarge them And a hefty 2.75″ thickness now that it is smoothed and ready to ship.  Here, Trevor is checking out […]

    The Master of Congruity – Dying Every Day, Seneca at the Court of Nero »

    “There is much we should approve in him, much that we should even admire. Only take care in making your choice.” — Quintillian, reflecting upon Seneca’s legacy, circa 90 AD The downside of power in Rome during the first century is examined in vivid detail in James Romm’s Dying Every Day. Before reading it, the […]

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