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The Dog Days of August weekly promotion #4 Tues 8/26 thru Sat 8/30 features 10% OFF our popular book "Stickley’s Craftsman Homes" by professional photographer Ray Stubblebine. This book has a publishers price of $75; our regular price is $45 which we are additionally discounting 10% for this promotion.

This book is a MUST for all Arts & Crafts fans. Obviously a labor of love, Ray has written a hefty 528 page book documenting hundreds of Gustav Stickley designed homes built between 1902 and 1916.

Regardless of your interest in Gustav Stickley or your particular focus into the Arts & Crafts movement, Stickley‘s 221 home designs published in his "The Craftsman Magazine" synthesized, romanticized and popularized the Arts & Crafts style and borrowing on his magazine name, became known as the "Craftsman Style"! To date, 254 home designs have been identified as Stickley and are documented in this book.

These designs range form mansions to mountain camps and everything in between. There are probably thousands of these early 20th century home designs across America copied by both lesser known and famous architects of the period.

The home designs are presented by year of presentation in Stickley’s "The Craftsman Magazine". Beginning in 1904 and continuing thru 1916, the book also contains an introduction to the Crabtree Farms museum in Highland Park, IL as well as Stickley’s own Craftsman Farms museum in Morris Plains, NJ. The latter includes sepia photographs from Stickley’s magazine contrasted with color photographs of the current restored house museum. The entire book is lush with original floor plans, sepia photographs from the magazine and current color photos. There is also an informational chapter on Arts & Crafts colors.

The current exterior color photography presents and endless stream of landscaping ideas and the interior photographs will boggle the decorators mind.

This is the ultimate Arts & Crafts coffee table book; again a MUST for every Arts & Crafts aficionado.

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Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, areas of Africa; will it ever end?

Our block print artist Yoshiko Yamamoto was born and raised in Japan so for her, the observance of the August 6th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima is a solemn occasion. Last year Yoshiko and her family attended the Seattle area floating Peace Lantern ceremony "From Hiroshima to Hope" which advocates world peace and opposes warfare and violence.

Yoshiko subsequently created a block print depiction of the ceremony and yes, that‘s Yoshiko’s 6 yr old daughter launching the paper lantern.

This block print was hand-carved by Yoshiko who then had to make an additional 13 polymer color relief blocks to create the beautiful night time scene.

This is a 14 color limited edition of only 180 signed and numbered prints with the first 50 donated to the "From Hiroshima to Hope" event organizers to help fund the annual Seattle event.

Available matted or matted and framed in quarter-sawn oak by Dard Hunter Studios.

How fitting a memorial for the past and how appropriate an inspiration for the future!

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6/7/2014 - NEW ! ! ! Framed MEDICINE BLUFF 4" x 8" TILES
John Beasley, sculpture artist and ceramic tile maker of Medicine Bluff Tile in Cincinnati:

Shown L to R above are Medicine Bluff Tiles Bald Eagle, Cardinal, Chickadee, Goldfinch and Night Owl shown in Dard Hunter Studios' quarter-sawn oak frames.

Of particular note, all the Medicine Bluff Tiles are 3-dimensional which is somewhat hard to see on a 2-dimensional PC screen. Pressed from John’s 3-dimensional sculptures, the birds look ready to jump right off the frame.

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