Back-to-School - Part V


American Arts & Crafts Quarter-Sawn Oak Wastepaper Basket with Rawhide Lashing (LEO Design)


The school bell has rung!  Pupils to their desks!  While college freshmen may have encountered wistful parental partings, grade school returnees likely perceived their parents breathing a muted sigh of relief.  Such is the annual tide of school-going: students flow in and out of their institutions with seasonal regularity.  Like water, the droplets are always changing though the tides themselves remain regulated.  Over the next several days, LEO Design would like to share some interesting Back-to-School offerings—ideas to help organize, cheer and distract as students push-on through their matriculations.

In terms of sheer indulgence, this Arts & Crafts wastepaper basket wins the "Dorm Room Makeover Challenge."  Made of slats of quarter-sawn oak, it is finished with rawhide lacing at the corner tops.  It's the handsome, finishing touch beneath that built-in dorm room desk.  (Or under that costly Stickley writing table.)  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.

More Back-to-School ideas tomorrow and in the days to come.


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