Cast iron bases

A Relaxing Oasis in Boston, MA

Imagine waking up and feeling refreshed. Working and feeling inspired. When I look at these images I am reminded, nature is the true designer. Something so peaceful about the mix of materials, light and nature. 

When I began working on this walnut slab, I envisioned it as a communal table in a restaurant. Piecing it back together with its other half when a large party wanted to sit together. How wrong I was... This piece wasn't meant for that. It was meant to bring a sense of purpose to this room. To say "I once was broken, but now I am whole. This is where I belong". 

My Pith series has been my most unexpected success story in the shop. By taking these often discarded boards, and putting them back together we have found a new purpose. The "Pith", refers to the center of the tree and represent the 1st year of growth. It is a soft, spongy material and generally this board will split right down the middle because of this. But there is another meaning to this word, "The essence of something". 

Crafting these pieces takes time, thought, and planning. It all starts at the mill. We take careful measurements when beginning our cuts because your 1st cut dictates how your last cut ends. These cuts are often planned to remove the pith from all other boards. Making them more stable and less likely to crack during the drying and building process. As I mentioned earlier, once these boards have dried they are likely to crack along the pith. We reinforce the cracked boards together again using a variety of techniques (Mortise and Tenon, Bowties, Epoxy, etc...). Here you can see our process and inlaying bowties (other names include butterflies, Dutchmans keys, etc...):

It is our hope that we can continue to salvage these boards to create truly one of a kind heirloom pieces for years to come. Thank you for reading and please feel free to comment or share below! 

Massachusetts Farm Tables now ready for delivery

Massachusetts Farm Tables now ready for delivery

Custom farm tables made in Western MA 

Live edge slab tables with cast iron bases

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The Process

We are now offering book-matched slab tables and cast iron bases. You choose the material, the base, and the size. Our pricing is $200-250/sqft and that includes the bases. Give us 6-8 weeks and we will have a table that is uniquely yours. 

Wood Selections

Single slab of Black Walnut

Single Slab

We utilize uniform slabs so the shape of the table is consistent throughout. Generally 40% Markup depending on material.

Bookmatched Walnut Table

Bookmatched Live Edge

You can do any of our tables with or without the live edge. We always remove the bark. With book matched tops, we are able to achieve wider widths like 40-46" wide with just 2 boards. These are sawn in sequence from the same tree so the grain and color matches.

Bowties and company boards

Bowties, fills, and add ons

We only put bowties where they need to be. These are structural and are crucial in maintaining the integrity of the slabs. We always epoxy voids in the tables so nothing finds its way in and can't get out.

Company Boards - We offer custom table extensions for when you have those family get togethers and need a little more space. These are stored in a closet when not being used, and put in when the Turkeys ready!

Cast Iron Bases 

We have partnered up with Ares Iron based in Providence RI to offer you one of a kind pieces. 

We will continue to update our inventory with Slab table tops that are available to pair with these bases. To see more please visit the "Shop" tab on our website. Also, if you have a specific request please feel free to contact us