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Time to Warm Up
A roaring first in the fireplace looks great but makes more beauty than heat. Colonists improved their heating efficiency with woodstoves. Tom Kelleher from Old Sturbridge Village guides us through the history of woodstoves stoves in our December 2014 issue.
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We’d like to introduce some of the
artists selected for the 2014 Directory of Traditional
American Crafts in the category Clocks.
Chris Harter owns and operates a one-man Windsor chair and fine furniture-making shop in central New York. He has been a Windsor chairmaker for twenty-nine years; with each piece being made individually, using traditional tools and construction methods.
Read more about Harter.
Bonus Pretzel Recipe
In our February 2014 issue, we revealed the truth about the history of pretzels. If you want to taste a pretzel like the ones our ancestors might have sampled, food historian Susan McLellan Plaisted found an old recipe and developed it for modern bakers. We've turned her story into a free bonus article that you can download by clicking here. We look forward to hearing about your success and any variations you might make trying her recipe.
New Taxes, Round Prices
We were as surprised as you probably are that the State of Ohio mandated that all magazine subscriptions be subject to the state's sales and use taxes whether the subscriber is in-state or out-of-state. The result of this tax is a higher price to you (from which we do not benefit) and some oddball numbers. To make things easier for you, we've adjusted our prices so they look a bit strange, but the result is that our subscription prices are back to round numbers after tax. As always, we've retained discounts for gifts and longer subscriptions.
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We have extended the deadline for entering the 2014 Directory of Traditional American Crafts, so there is still time for you to apply.
There are several reasons for our decision. This year has been transitional for the Directory. In an effort to be responsive to your concerns, we combined the deadlines for the Regular and Holiday directories to a single date, January 15th, and this change seems to have caused confusion. Additionally we are aware that some of our artisans may have been expecting the usual “reminder postcard” in their post box, but which came in the form of an email this year.
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On December 31st John Moore wrote: Nancy Harbrecht did a terrific job in presenting the impressive reconstruction of the "Old Homestead."
I was very surprised to see that several casement windows had been installed. Is there any particular reason why the owners would put windows which I would consider to be a "No-No" in this beautiful old house?
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