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By Tom Palen 

The Flower Box


I love wood and all its beauty, especially species with bold grain. Quarter-sawn oak is one of my favorite woods. When we remodeled our house, all carpeting was replaced with real three-quarter-inch red oak flooring. Once laid, the raw wood was sanded and sealed, making a beautiful floor.

Such flooring requires some special care. A rock stuck in the tread of one's shoe can easily scratch and damage the floor. We are vigilant to avoid such problems.

We have rugs at the front door, and shoes come off when we enter the house; guests are no exception. "Ours is a slippers house – bring 'em i...

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