The colonial farmer married a blacksmith’s blade to a handle carved to fit his hand,
creating tools with a utilitarian grace. Collectors find them irresistible.
With $24 million in hand, The Montpelier Foundation re-created the splendor of
James Madison’s presidential home, removing modern additions in the process.
America’s earliest settlers built simple machines to harness the wind’s power for
grinding grain, watering the fields, and making salt.
The writing-arm Windsor functioned as both chair and desk and was popular with
politicians, public servants, and men of letters. Today’s traditional craftsmen make replicas to suit anyone.
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