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At AD Home Design Show: David Stine’s Lowder Table

Ever wonder exactly where the wood in your dining table comes from? And I don't mean "where" in the generalized, macro-geographic sense of "the Adirondacks," or "the Pacific Northwest," but rather in the saw oil-on-your-knuckles, tree shrapnel under-your-collar feel evoked by the methodology of Master Craftsman and namesake David Stine of Stine Woodworking.

Lowder Table. Designed by David Stine of Stine Woodworking.

Stine, who "personally selects, harvests, and saws all of the lumber he uses in his work," obtains said wood from family forests in Southern Illinois that he stewards himself. It's the initial step in a sustainable philosophy of local sourcing, sustainable harvesting (he only culls dead or dying trees), minimal waste (all scraps are burned for heat), and non-toxic finishes and glues. And as one might expect, this green work/lifestyle results in sublime pieces that show the wood to its "full, natural beauty—live edges, knots, graining, bullet holes and all"—just as in Stine's latest, the Lowder Table. Constructed of "a massive, live-edge board from a century-old Black Walnut tree, felled in Macoupin County, Illinois," this piece is the first in a limited six table series, on display this weekend at NYC's Architectural Digest Home Design Show.


Symes Tables. Designed by David Stine of Stine Woodworking.


Wave Bench. Designed by David Stine of Stine Woodworking.


Sycamore Rounds. Designed by David Stine of Stine Woodworking.

Like all of Stine's pieces, the Lowder Tables are one of a kind—not only does the natural variation illustrate Stine's contention that "no two trees are alike, no two boards are alike," but this particular table come from a tree that's extraordinarily rare for its prodigious circumference—at 9.5 feet long, 40 inches wide, 30 inches tall, and $14,000, the stats are massive on all fronts (I didn't get a weight, but I speculate that transference from Illinois to NYC required the services of several sturdy backs.) The Lowder Table also showcases Stine's talent for customized, detailed joinery—note the hand-cut, interlaid black walnut "keys" across the split grain.

While Stine's old-world philosophy of local sourcing and hand-crafting may seem somewhat anomalous, it produces the kind of exquisite, drop-your-jaw beauty that could only come from a harmonious relationship with nature. And, in all truth, an outlook like Stine's is old-world no more: low-input, self-sustaining, ecologically-friendly, and gorgeous to boot... If this is the past, we should all be content to go backwards to the future!

Stop by David Stine's space at AD Home Design. In addition to the Lowder Table, he'll be showing earlier achievements like the Symes Table, Sycamore Rounds, and Wave Bench.

Posted March 24th, 2009 by Joseph Starr


  • Maximosis says:

    I love the Lowder Table, Its rugged masculinity amazes me.

  • Dave Stine says:

    Thanks for all the great comments and emails! I can’t wait to show off the Lowder table and all my other pieces at the Architectural Digest Show this Thursday through Sunday. I’ll be in the made section in booth 153 just down the aisle from the Nakashima retrospective.

  • Ed Wood says:

    The Sycamore Round is beautiful in it’s simplicity. What are the dimensions? I also love the Symes tables - sophisticatedly modern and rugged at the same time!

    Where do you sell the furniture? Do you have a website?

  • Hi Ed,
    There is a link to Stine Woodworking in the first paragraph but just in case you didn’t see it, you can check out the Stine Woodworking website here!

    Dave, if you are reading this I am planning to swing by your booth this week. Looking forward to meeting you!

  • Greg Collett says:

    Very cool stuff! Beautiful and solid-looking. Almost like functional art. Unlike so much furniture made today, it looks like the type of furniture that my great-great grandchildren will still be enjoying.

    I look forward to swinging by your booth at the Architectural Digest Show.

  • Matt Griffin says:

    As a collector of David Stine art-furniture, I can attest to its durability and timeless beauty. A David Stine piece is not an acquisition; it is a committment. You cannot help devloping a relationship with his pieces. The colors blend and the grains change with the seasons. Every gathering aound our Matthew Table is a chance to experience the piece anew. I cannot overstate the amount of joy David Stine pieces bring into our home.

  • Karla Little says:

    Wow - wonderful story and photos! I am honored that you are exhibiting at all our shows this year and look forward to seeing you at our new Baltimore show in just about a month from now!

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