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I Must agree - that last one is beautiful, I just purchased a much smaller version of the above for a very small sum, it has been sanded down as a restoration product as is made from native 'rimu' wood, which is much sought after over here, it has two pull out bars which old the fold down top out.

Its missing its bottom draw so I am installing a printer in there and with carefull holes I can run my mac laptop and associated electronics from it and also use it for more conventional writing.

Eventually I plan to install a little lamp that turn on when I open it and a couple of very small speakers at the back for music from my mac/iPod.

Ahh the dreams of mice and men...

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Wow Jpolaski, that is beautiful. I never thought I would see another one of those. My mother has one exactly like it, although hers is in need of refinishing.

 

Until I saw this thread, I never stopped to think about what a treasure a writing desk could be. I thought of them as being made obsolete because they could not accommodate a computer and monitor. Talk about being immensely mistaken! Thank you folks for creating this thread.

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>> write at an old ('40s) bandy-legged secretary I call "Aunt Polly". Howcome the name? Damfino; it just said to me, "Hi, I'm Aunt Polly!" At night, I sit and write at Aunt Polly by candle light. I dip the candles. My bees made the wax. I light the candles with flint and steel. Small rituals make the writing better.<<

 

I am in awe, of this and of the posts that followed. I also have a bandy-legged secretary, but wow, candles made from your own beeswax. I will fall asleep tonight thinking about that! I see I am not alone in my quest for the past!

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QUOTE (cercamons @ Apr 13 2007, 03:57 AM)
>> write at an old ('40s) bandy-legged secretary I call "Aunt Polly". Howcome the name? Damfino; it just said to me, "Hi, I'm Aunt Polly!" At night, I sit and write at Aunt Polly by candle light. I dip the candles. My bees made the wax. I light the candles with flint and steel. Small rituals make the writing better.<<

I am in awe, of this and of the posts that followed. I also have a bandy-legged secretary, but wow, candles made from your own beeswax. I will fall asleep tonight thinking about that! I see I am not alone in my quest for the past!

A "quest for the past" is cool; witness all the historical reenactors around. But you don't need to do the mental gymnastics needed to "go back in time". You can enjoy older technology for what it is today.

 

Example: my wife tried making soap, just on a whim. When we began to use it, my dermatitis went away. Expensive soaps, lotions and visits to the dermatologist were of no avail. A little olive oil and lye, and "Bob's yer uncle".

 

Example: I buy wheat berries and grind my own flour with the KitchenAid grain mill. Now I can make a loaf of 100% whole wheat bread that is not as solid as a paving brick. We have been eating this for many years and I still have a hard time keeping up with the demand.

 

There are many "old things" that are still better than the "new things". Writing desks, fountain pens, inkwells and handwritten letters are among them.

 

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I think there is satisfaction in just about anything hand made. Many people barely cook dinner any more so even the most basic items in their lives are prepared by someone else.

 

I LOVE to snail if any of you are looking for some more handwritten mail.

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I am not sure if this is going to show my picture or not. I simply attached the jpg. What I am hoping will appear is part of my bandy-legged secretary. If it does, you may think I grabbed everything I liked and stuck it on there just for this image. The truth is worse. I removed several things before clicking the shutter.

 

We live in a tiny condo with four large bookcases, two or three small ones, three phonographs, two computer desks, a large Victorian doll house and a ton of cheap antiques I couldn't pass up. (Yes, my wife is a saint.) So the only place for my little bit of the last century is in the hall between the bedrooms and the bathroom.

 

In any case, I hope this amuses you--and that you can see the picture.

 

Steve

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my very, very pleasant working place

(all, carpet, chair and desk bought some months ago at IKEA)

 

http://www.mobisux.com/album/data/500/35561desk.jpg

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Bloody internet connection!!...

 

*starts post ALLLLLLLLL over again*

 

I wrote that my desk is an L-shaped desk from IKEA.

 

Why L-shaped?

 

1. Larger.

2. Divide stuff. Half of desk for computer, half for reading and writing and fiddling with pens and inks.

 

If I could, I'd have a slant-top desk, but they're only to be found in antique stores these days, and are frightfully expensive. I do know two people who own antique slant-tops, though, and perhaps I might be able to get my hands on one of them when one/both of them die.

 

One is my family GP, who's slant-top is located in his surgery. It's NEVER used, and just sits there, locked up and gathering dust.

 

The other one (which is the one I'd prefer, if I had to select between the two), belongs to my old piano-teacher. An absolute musical whizz. It's larger, and can therefore store more stuff in it. If I could have anything from her house, it would be that desk, and her piano. A gem of a musicial instrument. About 5'5" tall, beautifully carved and polished. A Richard Lipp & Sohn upright piano from 1910, with original ivory keys. Oh how I'd LOVE to have that in my house!!

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Hi guys,

I'm still searching for a good modern writing desk. Someone somewhere long time ago posted a pic of a big writing desk that was similar to jbb's on the the post #4. Can you help me finding it or other writing desks pictures? I'm thinking to ask a woodman to make it from zero.

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See these: From a Google Image search = "Writing Desks"

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mumble mumble...

my question was different. I mean writing desks really used by forum members. I remember that maybe one year ago, a member posted a pic of his writing desk with hutch and roll top similar to the one on post 4 but a lot bigger.

 

I can do and I did a google search but I prefer reality pics of used writing desks better if with hutches.

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yes thank you very much. I found that maybe the roll top desk I was looking for was the same of this thread :headsmack:

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I've got to admit that I've always, always wanted a roll top - much like the one that JBB posted. Very nice! My desk is pictured in the other thread, but I would gladly trade it for a roll top. One day...

 

- R

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I need something for an everyday use, not an expensive secretaire patent desk. But yes, it is beautiful, really beautiful. Sure it is the king of desks.

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