pre civil war heartpine coffee table

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Project by oicurn2it2 posted 11-28-2009 03:40 AM 3480 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this coffee table probably has the most interesting story, the wood was recovered in green county T.N. not to far from limstone which holds the birth place of davey crockett (should be noted that davey was born in 1786 and passed in 1836 & the civil war was from 1861 to 1865 ) as i was working the wood i found a 6”+ 1/4”x1/4” hand wrought nail rather spike. A trusted blacksmith friend of mine (that still uses coal to fashion his craft specializing in celtic weaponry) dated the barn pre civil war due to the spike that i pulled out of one of the tounge and groove beams used for a three inch floor in the loft of the barn ,and because the spike was already broke when i got it it could’ve went 9-12”
now the spike puts the barn at least 149 if my friend is correct and as far as i can tell davey crockett at the age of thirteen ran away from home (being just before the turn of the century) not returning home for some thirty months it may be quite the strech to give the barn another 40 yrs to even remotely connect the two i dont know if either of these pieces of history even brushed up against each other but i did find it fun to just imagine … mabey i built a table with the very boards that supported a young davey crockett as he slept homlessly in a barn as he was carving out his story, naawwww

but the heart pine was exceptional

-- "when you think youre going to slow, slow down just a little bit more" .... Pop's

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#1 posted 11-28-2009 03:48 AM

Another unique table and interesting story too.


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#2 posted 11-28-2009 04:00 AM

The history of the wood elevates the piece to a whole ‘nother level. It’s great to imagine what might have been & know that it just may have been. —SST

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#3 posted 11-28-2009 11:15 AM

If old pine could talk…and if it can’t we can just imagine the stories.

Nice job in giving that old pine a new voice. It’s nicely retained its original character while giving it the chance to live and experience another 150!

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#4 posted 11-28-2009 01:26 PM

True or not it is not a fabrication. Time bends all stories and yours needs to continue with this beautiful table. Make sure it is written down and kept with it.
Sometimes in the late of the day stories get re-told at great lengths at my shop. Stop by and you might hear things that haven’t happened yet.
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#5 posted 11-28-2009 05:22 PM

the story was a nice touch great table

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#6 posted 02-26-2011 08:36 PM

Love the tressel design and distressing. Would not have left the cut out on side though. The drawer looks to big , sides should have been half or three quarters thick for ease. Furniture is light and airy femministic like the french do. The president of the U.S. desk is made from a old war ship from England that dates back to the seventeen hundreds. St Pete’s Church marble in Rome was built entirely from the Roman forum’s rich marbles. Reclaiming material always has a story and cheaper too. Good luck.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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