from the 19th century hut little is

known about their origins or makers. Three boxes (photos, below) are attributed to Absalom Bixler, a potter who worked in Denver, Pennsylvania. Bixler s carvings were the liveliest and best executed of all the boxes. The work shows imagination and a delightfully warped sense of humor. One of the Bixler boxes features three animals—a rat, a bird and a snake—that leap out together, side-by-side. Ouch!

As I was working on this article, my friend Mike stopped in. "I have a box like that," he said. The next day he brought in a small soapstonc box from Africa. When I opened the lid. a serpent popped out. The mechanism was identical to the boxes from Pennsylvania. Curiouser and curiouser. How did nasty boxes migrate from an African village to a Pennsylvania farm? Or vice versa? The world may never know.

The real motivation behind all my scholarly research? I plan to stuff a few stockings with nasty boxes this Christmas. Let's see, there's that nice man from the Internal Revenue Scrvicc, the mechanic who screwed up my van, my acupuncturist (Hey, maybe he'll want some as calling cards!), my mother-in-law____ A

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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