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Crocodile Vs Spider-Man

Factpile - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 1:02am

FactPile: Crocodile Vs Spider-Man

Suggested by Nsl98 Crocodile (One Piece) will go up against Spider-Man (Marvel) They encounter each other at Coney Island, near the beach. Who wins? Related Posts: Superman Vs Spiderman Challenge for you! Ryu Hayabusa Vs Spiderman Spiderman Vs Aquaman No... Read More »

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Hive Fleet Leviathan Vs Sith Empire

Factpile - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 1:01am

FactPile: Hive Fleet Leviathan Vs Sith Empire

Suggested by Vuper Hive Fleet Leviathan (Warhammer 40K) will go up against Vitiate‘s Sith Empire (Star Wars). Sith Empire is from Star Wars: The Old Republic, right before the attack on the Republic. Nids fleet found new food for themself in... Read More »

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Boba Fett vs Buzz Lightyear

Factpile - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 2:05am

FactPile: Boba Fett vs Buzz Lightyear

Suggested by Friendlysociopath “Star Command? Star Command do you read me?” bzzt- “Buzz!”- bzzt, bzzt, crackle – “There’s a bounty hunter” – crackle crackle, static – “be on your guard!” Fett stepped over the crest of a rocky ridge, searching... Read More »

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Boba Fett vs Buzz Lightyear

Factpile - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 2:05am

FactPile: Boba Fett vs Buzz Lightyear

Suggested by Friendlysociopath “Star Command? Star Command do you read me?” bzzt- “Buzz!”- bzzt, bzzt, crackle – “There’s a bounty hunter” – crackle crackle, static – “be on your guard!” Fett stepped over the crest of a rocky ridge, searching... Read More »

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Sirius Vs Beerus

Factpile - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 1:02am

FactPile: Sirius Vs Beerus

Suggested by Batz Sirius will go up against Beerus. Sirius (Mega Man Starforce 3) and Beerus (Dragon Ball Super). The two meet and do battle in the space between the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies. Who will win? Related Posts:... Read More »

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Boba Fett vs Buzz Lightyear

Factpile - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 1:01am

FactPile: Boba Fett vs Buzz Lightyear

Suggested by Friendlysociopath “Star Command? Star Command do you read me?” bzzt- “Buzz!”- bzzt, bzzt, crackle – “There’s a bounty hunter” – crackle crackle, static – “be on your guard!” Fett stepped over the crest of a rocky ridge, searching... Read More »

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Wishtart Cabinetmakers the master craftsman of Washington, PA

CarolFoster.net - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 7:11am

The Wishtart Cabinetmakers the “Master Craftsman” of Washington, Pennsylvania

Charles Wishtart started his woodworking business in about 1938 in Washington, PA. He began with very little, re-purposing wooden crates into cupboards and utilitarian furniture objects that sold to his initial clients.  He then began restoring and refinishing used furniture and antiques.  Charles was self taught, and he referenced the great masters of design from American and English period furniture. He studied note worthy examples illustrated in furniture books, and he successfully mastered the art of design and proportion.

Charles worked hard and constant.  He was blessed with gifts that are evident in his skillfully made furniture. His primary furniture incorporated characteristics reminiscent  of Hepplewhite, Chippendale and Sheraton.  His was ingenious,  his workmanship was  unsurpassed in quality of nature, and he was one of very few cabinetmakers to produce such pieces in the 20th century.  Wishtart would not permit any object of furniture to leave the shop until it was  impeccably perfect in his eyes. Impatient clients would grumble about why it was taking several months to finish a custom highboy.  They being naive to the process, were very contented once they viewed the finished piece.  The furniture of Charles Wishtart was purposed for use, but upon completion was transformed into a work of art.  Just as one critiques the composition of a fine art painting, Wishtart furniture incorporates intentional fine characteristics associated with the hand that formed it.

Leonard Wishtart, was the only child of Charles and Genevieve Silver Wishtart.  As a young boy Leonard’s hobby was photography.  As a young man he took pictures for the local newspaper before serving in the US Army as a photographer in 1947, while stationed in Germany.  Some of his photographs are said to have been acquired by the Smithsonian Institute.  Leonard took pictures and personally developed and printed many fine photographs of the Wishtart cabinet shop over the years, making for a photographic history.  He later realized his woodworking talents as he worked alongside his critiquing father.  After his father passed away in 1975, “Wishtart and Son,” continued on  Jefferson Avenue.  From about 1968 and through the early 21st century, Leonard completed many pieces of furniture that imitate those of his father’s work.  He  also completed his own personal designs, some of which veered away from the straightforward designs of the historic early cabinetmakers, but portrayed the contemporary or that which was in vogue.  Leonard idolized his father, and to this day he repeats sentimental stories of their lifetimes.  Leonard’s mother was an advocate of her husband and son cabinet shop, even though shadowing on the sidelines.  Genevieve was an artist in her own rights, not a professional, but she produced some outstanding oil landscape and still life paintings.

My first encounter with Leonard was in the early 1980’s.  My mentor and respected friend, in the appraisal business, Recco Luppino of Washington,  introduced me to Leonard, and raved about the quality furniture that was made and still being made in the cabinet shop.  About once a month, we would stop by and see what was new at the shop.  Mr. Luppino pointed out the fine characteristics of the pieces.   During one of those visits, Mr. Luppino bought two one-drawer stands, and gifted me with one of the two, that started my personal collection.  After Mr. Luppino passed away in the 1990’s, I continued to be drawn to the shop.  Leonard and I shared memories associated to Luppino, and over the years solidified a lifelong endearing friendship. Our creative minds were tuned into the same channel with harmonic cords.   Leonard shared his ideas with me.  I remember sitting on the tall shop stool within walls of partially finished chests of drawers, and nearby the wood fired potbelly stove.   Leonard would pencil  cartoon images on a wood scrap, then looked to me for an opinion about a design or understanding of composition.   We contemplated and imagined the child’s highboys that he made into a reality of workmanship and completed design.  He made about six that I know of, one that was made in curly maple for my young daughter at the time.  Leonard would select hardwood figured boards for a drawer front or table top, etc.  The herringbone inlay, shells and sunburst, were custom made in the shop. These elements are important decorative elements that add flare of character and distinction that enhanced the whole.  While at the shop, I noticed a tall metal cabinet that held powdered color pigments, oil, and polishes that were used in the final treatment on the smooth surfaces.  He would order special brass pulls and escutcheons that enhanced the cabinetry.

Leonard had access to a warehouse of lumber collected with insight by his father over the years.  “These fine cherry boards came from the trees of Colonial America,” Leonard would say.  “The initial quality, proper storing, and gentle drying of these boards, over  a half of a century, was rare, and samples were nearly non existent in today’s world.”  There were hundreds of  ready to finish elements such as tabletops, drawer parts, and sets of inlaid legs waiting to be chosen and incorporated into stands, tables, highboys, chests, etc.  I can only imagine how many of these parts were made by Leonard as he practiced under his father’s guidance.  Also, stashed away in the large fortress of a warehouse were round antique tabletops, hundreds of square tapered legs, card table tops, carved elements, turnings, casings, etc., those of which were all waiting the light of day.  Leonard’s unending hope was for an apprentice to carry on the business. The decline of his health about ten years ago made it impossible to continue.  The warehouse and shop had to be liquidated, even still with the hope that that person would come along and keep the shop going.

The furniture signed or labeled by Charles Wishtart,  Wishtart and Son, and Leonard Wishtart Cabinetmaker, is now being housed in some of the finest homes across the country. The ingenious master craftsman’s intention, to make something to be treasured and to last, has become a reality. and pieces are now  family heirlooms.

Leonard is retired and will be 93 years old on January 18th.  He has many stories about his family coming to this country, and how his father became an entrepreneur. He still has hope that he can be of assistance or a mentor to a person who is interested in learning the trade.  Although, it will be more difficult these days, there is something more to be passed along.

Leonard still enjoys photography, history, and continuing education.  He has a wealth of knowledge just waiting to be tapped, his being the gifted hands that operated the custom made machinery that produced masterpieces.

I have started to compile a  photographic inventory of the furniture made by the Wishtarts.  This documentation is important to preserve the history of the cabinet shop and its artists/craftsman. The names of many  fine cabinetmakers of Pennsylvania and surrounding regions, in years past have been lost because they were not documented.  My “wish” for the Wishtart name is that it will live on and gain recognition as time goes on.  They indeed were and are “the master craftsman”  who will be recognized among the most significant and important period style furniture makers of the 20th century.     If you are the fortunate enough to own Wishtart furniture, and would like to add a page to the book, please contact me.

I would be happy to assist you in future days to market those appreciated and exceptional furniture pieces by the Wishtarts.

Email     carolfoster@zoominternet.net

Pictured is a pair of stylistic lamp or end stands created by Leonard.  They are one  “one of a kind” and  a fine pair of stands in my personal collection.


Naruto Uzumaki Vs Wonder Man

Factpile - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 1:02am

FactPile: Naruto Uzumaki Vs Wonder Man

Suggested by Nsl98 Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto) will go up against Wonder Man (Marvel). They fight on Mars. Who wins? Related Posts: Kill The Hulk Naruto, Luffy and Ichigo VS Goku Challenge for you! Acacia’s disciples Vs Naruto, Killer Bee and... Read More »

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Tigurius and Mephiston Vs Darth Caedus and Darth Sidious

Factpile - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 1:01am

FactPile: Tigurius and Mephiston Vs Darth Caedus and Darth Sidious

Suggested by UberZ Tigurius and Mephiston (W40K) will go up against Darth Caedus and Darth Sidious (Star Wars). Battlefield: Grand Convocation Chamber from Star Wars. No prep-time. Who willl win? Related Posts: Siege of Byss Mephiston vs Tigurius Luke Skywalker... Read More »

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A Commission.

Brain overflow ... here ya go! - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 12:28am

24"x30"Acrylic on Canvas
A commission. 

Giving Thanks

BC3 President's Blog - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:08pm
Hello, Pioneers! Last year, I shared a Top 10 List of Giving Thanks. In recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday, here is my 2015 List. 10. Our Alumni Association. Established in 1997, this fine group of BC3 grads is always supportive. 9. Our Degree Completion Partners. Unique; innovative; and tens of thousands of dollars saved. The […]

Circus Town ~

Butler, PA Blog - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:30am
Abandoned cage. Photo: Dennis Keyes

What If…Big Boss Gets Caught on Silent Hill?

Factpile - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 1:02am

FactPile: What If…Big Boss Gets Caught on Silent Hill?

Suggested by Arizu What If…Big Boss (Metal Gear) Gets Caught on Silent Hill? What will happen? Related Posts: Team Soldier Vs Team Techno Master Chief Vs Big Boss Commander Shepard Vs The Man On Fire Kill The Hulk Samurai Vs... Read More »

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Jehuty Vs VF-1J Valkyrie

Factpile - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 1:01am

FactPile: Jehuty Vs VF-1J Valkyrie

Suggested by Alpha or Omega Jehuty will go up against VF-1J Valkyrie. Jehuty from Zone of the Enders faces off against the Valkyrie from Macross. Jehuty will be piloted by Dingo Egret while the Valkyrie will be Maximilian Jenius‘ machine... Read More »

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Colosseum Deathmatch

Factpile - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 1:01am

FactPile: Colosseum Deathmatch

Suggested by Super Combine Colosseum Deathmatch Shalltear Bloodfallen (Overlord) and Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail) will go up against Asuna (SAO) and Sakura Haruno (Naruto) in an indestructible Colosseum that’s being overrun by an endless number of Apostles (Berserk) hostile to... Read More »

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Oil Valley Film Festival Launches in 2016

Official Web Log Of Matt Croyle - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 3:02pm


(OIL CITY, PA) The first Oil Valley Film Festival will take place September 1-3, 2016. Based in Oil City, the festival is designed to bring the voices and films of new and established filmmakers to the heart of Venango County, an area underrepresented in the world of film.

The festival programming will include feature and short films in competition, along with feature-length and short screenplays in competition. Day three will feature a hand-picked block of curated filmmaker to screen in exhibition, all leading up to the awards ceremony on Saturday night.

“We’ve already received submissions in each category from all over the United States, and a few Internationally, and the festival is still a year away,” said Matt Croyle, the festival’s director. “As a filmmaker myself, not only do I want to continue to make movies here, but this festival seems like a way I can use my passion to share films with the community – films they may normally never get to see in a multiplex. This is about starting something that the community can really get involved in and get excited about.”

The festival is currently in search for partnering venues, and has already partnered with Videomaker Magazine, MaddyG TV on ROKU, and the Oil City Library.

“The Oil City Library is a gem. We’re really happy to have them on board. Dan Flaherty and his staff are doing great things with that facility, and I couldn’t be more proud to have them be a part of the festival,” Croyle continued.

More information about submissions, corporate sponsorship, and general inquiries can be found at: http://oilvalleyfilmfestival.weebly.com

Alucard and Seras Vs Alex and James

Factpile - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 1:02am

FactPile: Alucard and Seras Vs Alex and James

Suggested by Amm0vamp1r3 Alucard and Seras Victoria of Hellsing will go up against Alex Mercer and James Heller of Prototype. The Fight takes place in London, night time. Both teams have basic knowledge about each other. Who will win? Related... Read More »

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Tatsumaki Vs Baraggan

Factpile - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 1:01am

FactPile: Tatsumaki Vs Baraggan

Suggested by Rookie Two users with interesting powers. Tatsumaki from OP-man and Baraggan from Bleach. Can Tatsumaki’s TP powers overcome Baraggan’s hax? Who will win?   Related Posts: Team Manga and Comics Vs Team Naruto and Bleach Hody Jones Vs... Read More »

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Hody Jones Vs Sea King

Factpile - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 1:02am

FactPile: Hody Jones Vs Sea King

Suggested by EnigmaJ Hody Jones (One Piece) will go up against Sea King (One Punch Man). Who takes? Captain of the New Fishman Pirates or the ruler of the Seafolk? Related Posts: Tatsumaki Vs Baraggan Super Skrull Vs Saitama Kill... Read More »

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Space Pirates Vs Alpha Centauri

Factpile - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 1:01am

FactPile: Space Pirates Vs Alpha Centauri

Suggested by Vuper Space Pirates (Metroid) will go up against Alpha Centauri (Civilization series). Space Pirates suddenly found a new planet that somehow just appeared in Metroid universe. And now they launch a full scale assault in order to capture... Read More »

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