Well, at least I got the last name right in last week's...


August 11, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

Well, at least I got the last name right in last week's Home Front. The cabinetmaker I profiled is named Michael Seward, not John. Apologies to him and to any readers who tried to get in touch with him. His number is (800) 993-9040.

Ex-Baltimorean on display

Marylanders know John Seward's work through the Main Street Gallery in Annapolis, which exhibits his handcrafted furniture. Now they can learn more about the cabinetmaker in the July/August issue of This Old House magazine, which profiles the ex-Baltimorean (who now lives near New Park, Pa.).

Most of Seward's work these days is commissioned, but he does have four striking chairs made of cherry on display at the Annapolis gallery. (The fifth of the limited edition is on its way to a buyer in Paris.) The chairs sell for $1,295 apiece. Tropical Fruit and Hot & Spicy treats for your parrot. A collapsible habitat that can be structured to suit your reptile's needs. (Not having a snake, I can't even guess what those needs might be.) A Polarfleece dog coat with matching shoes. All won prizes recently in the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association's new-product competition.


My favorite among the winners is this Tuna Can Kitty Lounger from Lazy Pet Products, a cat bed in the shape of a tuna can. Look for these products to make it to local pet stores at least in time for holiday shopping, if not before. Sure, Jake & Jake's has cowboy hats. But contrary to what some people think, it's much more than a Western store. As owner Marvin Jacobs says, Western comes and goes, but country is always in style.

Jake & Jake's recently doubled its space when it moved to a new location (on the same floor) in the Gallery at Harborplace. Various country decorative accessories are on display, and a whole section features fish motifs, from fish wind chimes to a fisherman nutcracker. Among the most appealing items are a trout candle ($7), fish ornaments ($2.50-$3) and a fine finny bottle opener ($12). OK, at $20 it's a pretty expensive back-to-school item for the kids. But who can resist the Swingline Electronic Stapling Machine, which looks like something Donald Duck designed for his three nephews?

Its clear plastic exterior reveals all its inner workings in technicolored reds, greens, yellows and blues. Slip the paper in the slot and -- presto! -- the paper is stapled with no effort on your part; push the red button and the arm shoots out to be refilled with staples.

The Swingline stapler, which operates on four AA batteries, can be found at office supply stores. Or call (800) 222-6462 for other locations.

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