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    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 […]

    Fourth of July Creek—A World Closing In »

    There is an urgency about Fourth of July Creek that makes it very difficult to set aside. That is a very impressive accomplishment for a first novel. Smith Henderson’s new book is also rich in atmosphere, having a majestic and largely unspoiled area of the country to draw from, and it is filled with characters […]

    Blood Trails—Jack the Ripper, Forgotten Victims »

    In the 126 years that have passed since that dark autumn in London, one question has remained paramount. Who was the person called Jack the Ripper? But, there is another question that is just as vital to the complete story: How many victims did the killer ultimately claim? Did the terror really begin on the […]

    Walnut Table with Leaves »

     This table started with an inquiry from a client about a ‘mid-century modern’ style table. She sent us the photo above from an antique dealer’s website and asked us to size it to suit the needs of her and her family and stain it a rich chocolaty brown.   Which led to the cad drawing above […]

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