dsc03807dsc03833dsc03818filler-stained-glass Yesterday went to Flea World to see the “big cats”. It turned out to be one huge bengal tiger named Woosy weighing almost 500 lbs. and when they brought him out of his cage and you looked at the size of him versus the handlers, there would have been no way they could have controlled that beast had he wanted to head for the wilds! Only a short fence separated us from him and it would been an easy leap into the stands for some native meat! But once freed from his cage, they lured him to a table and fed him meat chuncks while they talked about the animal rescue, Central Florida Animal Reserve a  non-profit org. in Cocoa Beach.  They have many big cats there and are trying to get the word out about conservation and the environmental impact on animals around the globe.  The man who spoke really knew the many aspects of big cats and the world conditions of wild animals and poaching. The big cat ate, then was lured back to his pen with more raw meat. I made sure I sat behind others so the cat would have a choice before getting to me if he decided to make that break.
Afterwards I wanderd through the mostly desolate place, so many vendors gone, booths empty. I wandered down one remote aisle and found a wealth of info in Book Conservator, Douglas Filler. He had a booth that stood out from the phony purses, gawdy jewelry, and old candy among the many arteries along the way. Dougs booth had a feel of true class and appreciation for antique books and their leather work and history.  He had a nice tiffany looking lamp and an antique desk with bookselves lined with interesting titles.  Doug restores old books,  has a fetish for old Bibles which he does amazing restoration on.  He also sells rare and old books, makes stained glass, makes beautiful glass detailed book cases, collects art noveau and Dali illustrations and loves to speak about folklore and obscure history. He was so enthusiastic about his craft and hobbies, has been restoring books for 15 years from his home in Geneva Fl.  It was so nice speaking to him because I love antiquarian poetry books. I only wish I had a bigger knowledge of folklore and history that he is so easily able to speak about.  It was a wonderful find and I hope he gets business from being so far away from the heart of the flea market throngs, though the throngs were very few on Friday. Anyway, his site is
http://www.curiouslore.com or email him directly at  douglas@curiouslore.com

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