Author Archives: saucyindexer

Four Zilm Family Chairs

My first thought on seeing the photo of this chair was, “that certainly is an armchair.” It turns out that was the maker’s intention – to make a visual pun of an Armstuhl. The chair was made by Johann Friedrich … Continue reading

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Chair Chat: The Welsh and the Irish

On Saturday, Chris Schwarz and I had our biennial chair conversation. I subjected him to a mind probe about his recently purchased a Welsh stick chair and an Irish Gibson stick chair he is currently building. Suzanne: Please confirm if … Continue reading

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Trees – “Giant Organic Recording Devices”

Today’s New York Times has an interesting article about dendrochronology and related fields of research. You can read the article here. –Suzanne Ellison

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Snap a Line!

When I was 7 my father called me out to the patio to help him as he was building a bookcase. He told me to hold a string to the end of a board, hold it tight and don’t let … Continue reading

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Avenues of Elms

The American Elm (Ulmus americana) known for its rapid growth and and hardiness was the perfect tree to enhance the towns and cities of a young America. Although there are many Elm Streets and Elm Avenues the devastation of Dutch elm … Continue reading

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Two Mechanics in Old New York

In 1788, New York City celebrated the the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, and the artisans of the city participated in one of the parades. In an article for the journal Material Culture, Thomas J. Schlereth wrote, “…the city’s shipwrights constructed … Continue reading

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This & That and There Be Cats

Here are a few images that have been sitting in the “misfits and miscellaneous” drawer of my digital files. Dog bone lifts are perfectly fine, but why not take a hint from a sailor’s sea chest and liven up the … Continue reading

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