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RUSSELL WANGERSKY: Making our mark

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I’m fascinated by wear.

Years ago, back in the ’80s, I rescued a tall wooden stool from a downtown dumpster, one of many stools that had come out of a small factory that either was changing over to new furniture or that had shut down.

It was hard to tell just what the business made. It was on a side street, in a brick building with a steel front door and narrow, high windows covered with heavy metal mesh. I always assumed that it must be some kind of jewelry manufacturer, even though there were no outside signs for the business whatsoever.

In any event, it had scores of workers judging by the number of stools that were being thrown away. One of them became mine. I wish now that I had rescued a few more.

Because the one I did bring home had a fascinating feature: it had cross-braces, level with and about a foot above the floor. They ran between the four legs, holding the legs together. And all along the top of each of the cross-braces was worn flat by the soles of someone’s shoes; they had bent........

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