Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Reclaimed Pine Meets Yankee Craftsmanship

I almost can't breathe when I look at our new (old) dining room table.

Chris and I knew that we wanted an old-looking harvest farm table, and after some searching we found an artist who makes such tables from reclaimed wood. His name is Steve Harris and his website is artbyharris.com.

Steve finds reclaimed lumber from barns that have been torn down and he planes the wood by hand and assembles these tables. Chris and I and the kids visited his workshop in Bristol, CT a month ago. He showed us different woods and patinas, varnishes and stains, and after much oo-hing and ahh-ing we made a decision on what we would like to have made.

This past Sunday Chris went and picked up the table. The minute I saw it I fell in love. To have such a piece, custom-made, from reclaimed wood, by a local craftsman--it is the perfect trinity.

My favorite details? The hash marks in the first photo, which my Dad tells me is how lumber was numbered in the 1800s when assembling barns and homes; and the butterfly joints, made from cherry.

If you are in New England and you are interested in owning a piece of art and history like we now do, please visit Steve's website. As far as we can tell, you won't be disappointed!


Anonymous said...

This is so gorgeous! It reminds me of a table we saw on Antiques Roadshow (I think it was by Nakashima).

Jayne said...

WOW... that is just beautiful Allison!

rwells said...

incredible, it is stunning...

Kelly said...

...very, very cool....beautiful.....and unique. I LOVE it!!