book processing counter. This counter originally comes from the
Tattered Cover middle store on 2nd Avenue and dates to about 1983. When
we moved to the 1st Avenue location Roy salvaged the counter top shown
here to construct a "temporary" reserve desk which lasted a year or so.
When the new one one was installed, Roy took this one home reasoning it
had too much history behind it to throw away. When he moved to Oregon
in 2010 he used it in the rental truck as a barrier, then back into
storage until finally in May, 2017 it found its new home at the Book
Exchange. Amazingly enough, the instructions on procesing Special Order
postcards was still intack and naturally had to be preserved. See below.|
|Another view of old TC Reserve Desk counter top. |
for processing Special Order postcards generated by the Wordstock
System which the Tattered Cover went on in the fall of 1986. |
These instructions were probably written in 1987.
Forest clock from Germany, circa 1951 along with a piece of the
banister from the now vanished stairwell in the Tattered Cover Lodo |
|An iventory card (cod) from pre-computer days at Tattered Cover. A reminder of how much we all love computers.|
|Sarah Laird's depiction of store remodelling from 2013 Notice that Roy seems to be bopping the chandelier with a shelf. |
|Another one by Sarah -- Sumertime reading.|
Harry Potter's Birthday in 2017, Gilderoy Lockhart visited the store
for the first autographing we've hosted. He was so popular he ran out
of books and had to sign pictures of himself. He was gracius and kind
and almost fully recovered from the trauma he went through when he
saved Harry Potter from Voldomort. As always he's at his best basking
in the light of admirers.
Remember this is a
scrapbook so it’s fair to add a lot of boring detail that no one
else cares about, but which I find fascinating.
This is, however, a much shorter sequence that it would have been had I not lost a bunch of pictures in a computer glitch.
the first summer of remodeling I built the bookcases in our back yard.
That winter I built an 8X10 workshop so I could continue building
bookcases in stormy weather. It was too small, so I demolished the old
shed next to it and expanded the shop to its current size of 8X20
pictured above. The shop is insulated and easy to heat in our mild
climate. It's still a little cramped, but works well. Notice the banjo
sculpture hanging next to the front door, a gift from John Sturtz a
former Tattered Cover employee, now house carpenter at the Capital Hill
Bookstore in Denver, Colorado.|
work area of the
shop. Because space is tight, each phase of
bookcase construction necessitated reconfiguring the workspace. After
cutting boards to lenth, I would set up the router
on the metal saw horses and using a jig, cut the groves for the shelf
second phase was stain the boards That required emptying the space,
blocking the window, and setting up wracks to allow me to spray-stain
boards or six bookcase backs at a time. Notice that the side walls are
bookcase brown from over spraying. I’d usually do between 50 and
100 boards, stacking the finished ones along the wall. Next I'd set up
the saw horses again and install the rails. Finally, I’d add a wooden
jig to the saw horses to allow me to easily
assemble bookcases up to four feet wide. The finished cases would end
up being stored under tarps in various places around the house
waiting to be loaded into my trusty 1990 Toyota pickup and taken on the
five minute drive to
the store on the night of installation.
picture shows the shop in its book processing setup with a sheet of
plywood on top of the assembly jig (the light from the door makes the
top look angled, but it's really flat). The shop is cabled to allow me
to bring my loptop and scanner out when processing.
|Closer look at the shop book prcessing table.|
|Looking the other way showing my beloved tools and a bunch of other junk.|