Summer weather seems to say it's time to get a hammockThis...

ON THE HOME FRONT

June 20, 1993|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Staff Writer

Summer weather seems to say it's time to get a hammock

This is hammock weather, and Over the Garden Gate in the Gallery has them in lots of colors, sizes and shapes. Manager and buyer Matthew Mazzucca says there's been "an explosion of hammock buying" at his garden accessories and gift shop this June, from the $32 backpackers' hammock up to the Rolls-Royce of hammocks, the Roman Ark for $436, which includes a beautifully designed stand of cypress, a hammock made out of Sunbrella canvas and a pillow. There are rope hammocks in different colors, hammock swings and a hammock chair.

According to Mr. Mazzucca, Sunbrella canvas -- often used these days for awnings -- is the most comfortable material for hammocks. Available in a variety of colors, it's guaranteed not to fade or mildew. Many people, though, prefer the classic look of hand-woven rope hammocks. The store will have a hammock weaver demonstrating his craft July 4.

Over the Garden Gate is located on the second floor of the Gallery at the Harbor. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

People see the signs and come into Oggi asking, "What happened? Why are you closing?" The stylish furniture and home-accessories store has become a fixture on North Charles Street since owners Frederick and Elaine Miller opened it in 1986. But with the death of Mr. Miller, Oggi will shut its doors for good at the end of June.

Mr. and Mrs. Miller worked together in interior design for 37 years. Frederick Miller Interiors opened in the 400 block of North Charles Street in 1956, selling what were then avant-garde items of the '50s. The couple closed the first store after the Baltimore riots but continued their interior design business. When Oggi opened, it was with the design philosophy that Mr. Miller always advocated. "He wanted to sell furniture classics of the 20th century," says Elaine Miller. "He felt good design shouldn't be treated as icons and shouldn't be revered, but used and loved."

Early American Life has selected lock-maker Kevin Clancy of Eldersburg as one of the country's 200 top traditional crafts people. The magazine's 1993 Directory of American Craftsmen appears in its August issue, on sale at newsstands now.

Entries from all over the country were judged on quality of craftsmanship, fidelity to period style and potential for maintaining or increasing value over time.

You may never have even thought of lock-making as a craft; but for those interested in authentic restoration, Mr. Clancy fashions custom-made wrought-iron box locks and spring latches to match the imprints on old doors. He uses traditional methods such as forging and riveting to create replicas of the 18th-century locks and keys. (Before then, doors were usually held with bars.)

Mr. Clancy can be reached by writing to him at 2819 Old Liberty Road, Eldersburg, Md. 21784, or by calling (410) 795-4183.

Have a handy earth-friendly household tip to share with others? The Water Foundation is sponsoring a contest to collect and reward the best environmentally correct suggestions in the areas of home improvement, lawn and garden, energy and water conservation, recycling, and wetland and wildlife preservation. Entries win weekly certificates and monthly prizes; and on Earth Day 1994, three grand prizes will be awarded: $15,000 cash, an alternate fuel pickup truck and a home solar power system.

Here's a sample monthly winner: "When receiving mail, save all the envelopes. . . . Using a water-based correction fluid, apply a good covering to the markings on the envelopes. This not only gives new life to the envelopes, it also saves trees and delays the filling of landfills."

Contest forms are available at participating True Value Hardware stores or by writing the Water Foundation, Box H2O, Clearwater, Minn. 55320. The Water Foundation is an environmental information clearing house.

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