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Alice Roth Suszynski's boxes & chests

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We last ran a piece on Alice Suszynski's work a few years ago - at the time, she had recently produced an absolutely stunning wooden Arts & Crafts chandelier. Her newest venture is on a slightly smaller scale, although the work is no less intricate and attractive. Recently Alice has been busy making jewelry boxes that are quite a bit different from any you've seen before; some are inlaid, others etched or decorated with interesting dark wood accents; all are hand-made from top-quality woods with beautiful grain, and many include nods to Asian, Prairie and Arts & Crafts forms, although several are firmly modern and would be an excellent gift for an aficionado of almost any style.

Her Rye Grass flatware storage box is also particularly attractive. Alice is open to commissions for a wide range of woodwork projects.

Tim Uli's gate-leg tables


Our friend Tim Uli at T. M. Uli & Son sends this update regarding their sturdy, beautiful gate-leg tables:

... since we first listed on Hewn and Hammered over 4 years ago, our collection of gate leg tables has grown, from the one shown at the time. This type of table is one the most useful pieces of furniture that you can own. It has also been our most popular piece requested by our clients. And as our "Gate leg Gallery"  shows, it can be made to meet your particular needs. This table has been modified from it's original size and style, from contemporary to Arts and Crafts and has been made with one leaf, that is only 29" long when opened, to a multi-leaf version that is 110" when opened completely. If you occasionally need a large table, but don't want one taking up your living space everyday, this is the table for you. See how much space you have for your entertaining and check with us to build you a table. There is a waiting list; so get your name on it so you can have your table before those summer and holiday get togethers roll around. Most of these tables can be sent via UPS for about $150 throughout the US. Truck shipping is also available for the larger tables.

Greentea Design Winter Sale


Just got an email today from one of my favorite retailers, Greentea Design: they're having a big winter sale, with some furniture items as much as 30% off! While much of what they sell is a mixture of traditional and contemporary Asian-inflected wooden furniture, the vast majority of it is a perfect fit for traditional Craftsman homes - remember, there's a long tradition, going back to Greene & Greene, of mixing Japanese and Chinese themes with the Craftsman look.

One of my favorite product lines at Greentea is their Maru collection, which consists of various tables (and other items) made from wood reclaimed from floors in old Korean homes and other buildings. Beautiful, classic, and green, too! The sale even includes 20% off on Greentea's stock kitchens, all of which are gorgeous and many of which are a perfect modernizing feature which won't overwhelm the look & feel of an older home.

I'm writing to let you know that Greentea Design's Winter Sale starts on January 6th. This is one of our biggest sales of the year. We're offering up to 30% off throughout the entire website. I had hoped to send this off earlier, but the sale start date got bumped up suddenly.
The Winter Sale discounts are offered based on the collection the furniture is in. The Kuryo Collection gets the biggest discount at 30% off. The popular Maru Table Collection, made directly from reclaimed Korean floors has a discount of 10%.  The Sakura lighting collection and Antiques Section are both 10% off as well.  The rest of Greentea Design's line is 20% off. The sale only applies to stock pieces; custom orders are excluded from any discounts.