Brickbat Book’s Benches

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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”Cicero

NewStoolPAT GRAHAM loves books. He collected them from childhood. By the time he was in Art School, his 10,000+ volume collection had becoming cumbersome. The logical solution? Open a shop.

First, with a partner, came Big Jar Books on North 2nd Street, Old City, Philadelphia. Big Jar eventually sold; Pat then opened Brickbat Books on South 4th as a solo-owned boutique collection for the more esoteric among the literaria.

DSCF2747DSCF2742Unto this sparse establishment was lent a collection of wooden benches, platforms, and tables, all carved from lengths of 12″ x 12″ solid oak and poplar. The story, not independently verified, is that a local plumber found a pile of giant landscape ties discarded by a century-old insurance firm in West Philadelphia. Inspired hours with chainsaw, belt sander, and angle-grinder transformed some of the wood into the pictured objets d’art.

The collection has become famous although the identity of the artist remains shrouded in mystery.

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3 thoughts on “Brickbat Book’s Benches

    Red Wing Work Boots « American Toolbox said:
    April 12, 2014 at 8:55 am

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    February 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    […] Pat Graham?  Brickbat Book’s Benches?  Showing Pat, decades ago, a small sculpture made from bits of castoff brass culled from […]

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    October 4, 2015 at 6:58 am

    […] ahead.  A year ago, I tracked down the identical product and purchased three tins.  One for Pat Graham, and two for […]

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