American Heirlooms - April 2019

As craftsmen who offer fully customized furniture, we have heard some unusual requests, including building with materials from buildings, backyard trees, and rotting wood. Creating custom furniture is an art form, and, as some of the following strange designs prove, there’s no limit to what a designer can create. Woodsman Axe Table Perfect for burgeoning lumberjacks, the Woodsman Axe Table was inspired by “Little Red Riding Hood.” In fact, according to the table’s design company, Duffy London, “You won’t need to be afraid of the Big Bad Wolf with the woodsman axe table.” The table features four wooden-handled axes whose heads hoist the tabletop into place and serve as the legs. The tabletop is finished and cut to give the piece the feel of having been pulled straight from the woods. Fellow designers have lauded this piece, awarding it the Peta Levi Memorial Bursary Award in 2010. The Last Writing Desk Frans Willigers has created a desk with a nod toward minimalism. The last writing desk features a c-shaped desktop and seat combination that eliminates the drawers and storage commonly found on desks. Willigers’ concept derives from the idea that most modern writers operate on a laptop and no

longer need the storage space that writing utensils and paper used to require. Keeping with his minimalist theme, the last writing desk features slate coloring on top and four stainless steel legs. That’s all. Capstan Table Leaves have made adding more space to your table easier for decades, but what if your table could expand with rotations? That is the idea behind Robert Duke’s capstan table. The circular table runs on gears which make its pizza slice-shaped elements rotate and expand outward to create a larger table. Users can expand the seating capacity of the table, much like a leaf does today. Duke patented his creation in 1835, and the table wasn’t released into the mainstream until British furniture makers Fletcher Burwell-Taylor, LTD were asked to recreate the mesmerizing rotating table.

"90 percent of the game is half mental."

INGREDIENTS • 1 pound ground chuck, 80 percent lean • 4 soft, white hamburger buns, split •

"We were overwhelming underdogs."

4 small leaves iceberg lettuce

4 1/4-inch thick yellow onion slices

"Its déjà vu all over again."

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1 teaspoon vegetable oil Salt and pepper, to taste Condiments of your choice

4 1/4-inch thick tomato slices

12–16 pickle rounds

"We made too many wrong mistakes."

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Lightly grease a small nonstick skillet with oil. Heat over medium-high. 2. While heating, gently shape meat into four patties 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Be careful to handle the meat as little as possible to prevent tough burgers. Season liberally with salt and pepper. 3. Sear patties on each side, about 1 minute per side. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until desired doneness, about 1 more minute per side for medium-rare, 2 more per side for medium-well. 4. Let meat rest for a minimum of 3 minutes. 5. To assemble, place patty on bottom bun and top with tomato, pickles, lettuce, and onion (in that order). Spread condiments on top half of bun and place on top of onion. Serve.

"If people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?"

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