We’re supposed to be on summer hiatus right now, but we didn’t want you to miss this great article about Stuart Kent. Stuart Kent built tables and chairs for the history collections reading room on the fourth floor of Laupus Library following graduate school and an apprenticeship with Paul Gianino of Greenville, who created bookcases to house the library’s rare and historic collections.
Laupus Library commissioned Stuart Kent, an ECU alumnus and Greenville furniture maker and designer, to craft a 14-foot black cherry wood and glass display cabinet for the second floor of the family medicine center to highlight exhibits from the Country Doctor Museum.The first rotating exhibit, “Compounding Remedies: Tools of the Trade from Early Pharmacies,” will feature artifacts used by country doctors and pharmacists including a turn-of-the-century show globe. Show globes were vases filled with colored liquid used by apothecaries, pharmacies and drug stores to let customers know they could compound medicine. Other artifacts will give insight on how remedies were measured, mixed and dispensed. You can check out pictures of the cabinet making process on his blog.
In addition to this great project for Laupus Library, Stuart Kent has been awarded an at-large Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and research on the campuses of the National University of Costa Rica and the Tropical Forestry Initiative field station Los Arboles during the 2012-2013 academic year.You can follow him on Twitter (@stuartkentart) to see latest updates about this exciting journey!