Just returned from a great vacation and have to say I was overwhelmed by
two sights along the way. While traveling home along Route 65 in
Arkansas in the middle of just about nowhere (Botkinburg) I came across
the most amazing antique store I have ever seen. It was 10 warehouses
full of furniture, mostly all from Western Europe. The pieces ranged
the entire gamut of design and periods. From a WWers perspective it was
stunning. They had room after room, row after row of everything
imaginable, beds, desks, tables, dressers, you name it they had it.
Some of it was absolutely colossal in scale - like a sideboard that was
at least 12' long by 5' high that must have weighed 1000 lbs. The
marquetry, carving, turning, inlays, veneering, matched grains, burls,
joints, even the mistakes on display were all equally mind boggling to
take in. They also had china, lamps, clocks and two barns that were
chock-a-block full of art glass windows and doors. And the prices were
almost as amazing and I don't mean cheap. What was mystifying to me was
why they were located in the middle of what seemed to be an otherwise
plain looking, decidedly un-affluent appearing part of the state. This
place is not to be missed if you ever come within 100 miles of Botkinburg.
The second sight which was equally stunning from almost anyones' view
was seeing the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. We only had a few
hours and could not even begin to see enough. But the craftsmanship and
the skill on display in so many things from masonry to ww'ing to the
fine arts was just unimaginable. And to think this was a family home!
Now for the gloat! I picked up a Type I Stanley G5 in a small antique
store in Eureka Springs, Arkansas for $25. And it is in GREAT
condition. All I need to do is sharpen the blade. What a trip - life
is good ...