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Asheville is the Pasadena of the East...Isn't It?

Asheville is the Pasadena of the East...Isn't It?

From the desk of Franklin D. Brown, Jr.

California held the answer to what I suspected to be the truth about Asheville, NC. For the last 15 years, I have been reading articles in American Bungalow and Style 1900 magazine then comparing the California bungalows and neighborhoods to those I find in Asheville to arrive at my assumption. I wanted to be sure, so when my wife suggested we travel to California last month for our vacation, I knew there was one place we had...

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$425Arts and Crafts Sterling Pendant and Chain

A vintage handwrought sterling silver pendant and paperclip chain in the style of Kalo. The lightly hammered pendant has a blue oval cabochon in the center. Fixed bale. Marked Sterling Handwrought.

Maker: Unknown
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date made: Ca. 1910
Dimensions: Pendant measures 2" long and 1 1/4" across. Chain is 18" long.

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Cherishing Our Arts and Crafts Friends

Cherishing Our Arts and Crafts Friends

I'm posting this week's column on Sunday night at Gate 37 in the Newark International Airport, bracing myself for one of the shortest turnovers I have ever scheduled. Leigh Ann and I will (hopefully) arrive back in Asheville at 11:45pm tonight, and while she is calming down the dogs, Daisy and Jasper, I'll be repacking for a 5:00am alarm in order to catch a 7:10am flight to San Diego.

What made the quick turnaround worth the inconvenience was the opportunity to spend...

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Brian Brace Fine Furniture Maker(828) 777-8184

Master Craftsman, Brian Brace has 18 years experience building custom fine furniture . Time honored furniture processes for the highest quality standards. Arts and crafts styling "with a twist...." Separate from the rest. FineFurnitureMaker.Net

1196 Old US Hwy 70 W
Black Mountain, NC

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Innovation Is Best When It's Invisible

Innovation Is Best When It's Invisible

From the Desk of Esther Schindler (Article originally published on

We techies and early adopters – in whatever field – have a tendency to love the technology that enables us. And we show that enthusiasm by featuring the innovation front-and-center, and letting the bare metal show. But recently, I was reminded that an innovation has “made it” only when you don’t actually see it in the products it enables.

In February,...

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Stickley, Gustav Drop-Leaf Table #672

Stickley, Gustav Drop-Leaf Table #672 Gustav Stickley drop-leaf table, #672, cut corner gate-leg form with an original finish, signed with red decal, closed: 13.5"w, open: 42"w x 40"d x 30"h, very good condition. Estimate $1,000 - $1,500 (Toomey-Treadway Auction, June 1st, 2014) Sold for $1,952
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Shopmark of the Week

Heal & Son (Heal's) This may seem like an easy one given that the name is prominently displayed in the shopmark itself but we're doing it differently this week. Do you know where this company was in operation and what they made?
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