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at The Grove Park Inn since 1988

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Travel With The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms!

Travel With The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms!

From the Desk of Executive Director Vonda Givens:

Unsolicited travel tip #1: Ask a local for advice.  This goes double for planning group travel. If you’re planning a trip for a group of people, see tip #1 plus, unsolicited travel tip #2, go on an advance scouting trip.

As unsolicited travel tips from museum directors go, I realize these aren’t especially revolutionary concepts but these two ideas have guided the planning for all of the Stickley...

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$349Plail Brothers Rocking Chair

Mission Oak Rocking Chair, circa 1920's in fine condition, comes with it's original spring seat and label. The rocker measures 37" H x 27" W x 19" D. The Plail brothers chairs, are rare and considered to be examples of fine craftsmanship.

Maker: Plail Brothers Chair Company, Wayland, NY 1906 to 1933
Location: Tampa Bay Florida
Date made: 1920's
Dimensions: 37"H x 27"W x 19"D

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Little Journeys

"Even numbers on the right...."

"Even numbers on the right...." Its funny what can trigger a memory:  a song, a photograph, perhaps the face of a stranger who reminds you of someone you knew in your childhood. I’ve read that, provided you are of a mature age, if you pick up an over-sized #2 pencil and a tablet of rough, blue-lined paper and deliberately begin printing out your name, taking care not to go above or below the designated lines, you will experience grade school memories your brain had long since labeled as “Inactive.” For...
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Mission Guild Studio

Roycroft Renaissance Awarded Master Artisans In Wood & Clay. A New Era in Arts & Crafts Inspired Furniture & Decor. Framed Arts & Crafts Tiles, Prints, Paintings, Jewelry & More. Online Catalog & Shopping. Forward Thinking In the Craftsman Tradition.


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Bradbury & Bradbury Releases New Wright Inspired Prints

Bradbury & Bradbury Releases New Wright Inspired Prints

Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers, the premier resource for rediscovering and recreating the best in historic wallpaper design, has announced a new licensing agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The agreement authorizes Bradbury & Bradbury to adapt Wright’s distinctive designs from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s Archives to produce a handprinted wallpaper collection.

Combining Wright’s designs with Bradbury & Bradbury’s...

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Dow, Arthur Wesley 'Flowering Orchard or Newbury Willows' Woodblock Print

Dow, Arthur Wesley 'Flowering Orchard or Newbury Willows' Woodblock Print Arthur Wesley Dow, (American, 1857-1922), Flowering Orchard or Newbury Willows, color woodblock print, signed in block, framed, 4.25" x 7", $3,000-5,000, Provenance: David Judd, Grove Park Inn Conference, February 2010; The Collection of Robert and Elaine Dillof, Croton Falls, NY. Estimate $3,000 - $5,000 (Toomey-Treadway Auction, December 6th, 2014) Sold for $4,687.50.
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