this artisan house #5: stoobles for two

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Blog entry by scottb posted 02-23-2008 08:55 PM 992 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I met my wife-to-be, I noticed her parents had some side and coffee tables made out of small and rather large stumps – all made by my future Father-in-law, via chainsaw. The biggest, about 2.5 feet in diameter was cracked and the top was very far from level – impossible to play a board game on, dangerous for a beverage, and I thought them (and how my my future in-laws liked them so strongly) a little weird. Not that I’d ever said anything contrarian about them – you don’t say anything to a man who owns more chainsaws than he can juggle.

I guess I just wasn’t into rustic woodwork at the time, and thought they could use a little more work to make them more table like, if not level at least.

My FIL, who does tree work as a hobby (free firewood!) saves interesting pieces of wood, cleans them up and keeps them as natural art pieces, (some people put photos on the mantle…) he also makes these functional stools and/or end tables.

In time, the usefulness of (what Rob eventually dubbed “stooble” – stool, table) grew on me, and when we got our own place, we put in an order for two.

I reunited with old friends at my High School reunion, and when one came over to visit, he (perhaps jokingly) mocked the “logs” in the living room. I got very defensive. – YEP I’d really warmed up to these rustic pieces.

All my in-laws have at least one, and they really seem to work in any design scheme, I’m even keeping an eye out for some larger logs so I can make one with my own designs. – for example, a mushroom shaped one, for my daughters Alice in Wonderland themed, “un-birthday” party this summer.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 02-24-2008 01:25 AM

I’ve never seen a stooble before. And now, I think, I want one!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 02-24-2008 01:51 AM

This is certainly not your every day piece of furniture. I am sure it generates a lot of interest when someone enters the room.

This is an excellent example of wood art.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-24-2008 04:17 PM

I’ve got a three legged stump I made from a catalpa tree over 35 years ago with about 10 coats of shellac on it. It still has the bark on it and the top is rough sawn and fairly flat, I keep thinking about bringing it up from the basement and finishing the top off. I think it has a place in any decor also. A piece or two that is. I’ll have to get it out and take a picture and post it for you. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 02-24-2008 04:24 PM

What’s even better is, like snowflakes, no two are alike. I have two in Texas, yes Texas, brought back in luggage from two different trips. We need to have Dad count up exactly how many he’s made so far..Either that or get them all together for a Stooble reunion….now that would be a Kodak moment..

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 02-25-2008 06:37 AM

I had to show the stooble I had purchased during a recent trip to California. It’s still one of a kind.


-- Thuan

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#6 posted 02-25-2008 06:40 AM

Great find Thuan! Not going to find another exactly like that one. Thanks for sharing.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 02-25-2008 12:13 PM

It just proves that one man’s trash is another’s treasure.

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#8 posted 02-25-2008 12:15 PM

that’s cool… love the little “seat” or should I say “stool” or maybe it’s the “table”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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