Each Side Table has a stone fieldstone top with 3 removable hairpin stainless steel legs attached to the underside. They are removable using a 1/4″ hex wrench, included with purchase. All of our Side Tables are protected with a permanent food-safe seal for easy cleaning and to prevent staining. Farm-provenance is permanently labeled on the underside of the stone surface.
If you purchase this item, you will receive the set of two tables (made from the same rock) shown in the photos above.
Our Side Tables begin as a freshly “grown” fieldstone that American Stonecraft hand-harvests at one of our working farm partners. Each rock is unique in shape and color, comprised of stone commonly called granite. Artisans craft each Table from scratch in our Massachusetts studio using custom built tools. The stone is transformed from a dull rock into a piece of art with impossibly brilliant color. This color is not the result of an outside product or lacquer, but of skilled grinding and polishing, smoothing away all roughness up to a 10,000 grit. Our Side Tables also retain the natural “live” edge from the stone’s glacial tumbling.
The stone surface on each table is approximately 12-14″ in diameter. Each table is 24″ tall and is just under 18 pounds.
Variations in color tone should be expected. Fieldstones, being natural, also have minor, non-structural fissures, pocks, scratches, chips, and other superficial flaws that we affectionately call beauty marks.
THE FARM–TO–TABLE STORY
Long ago, icy glaciers pushed boulders into the soil of America’s Northeast. New England farmers built 215,000 miles of stonewalls by hand through removing these stones from their fields, a distance greater than from the earth and the moon! These stonewalls became the folklore of poets like Robert Frost, but the labor of moving stones by hand pushed farmers westward. A fresh crop of rocks grows each spring because winter’s freeze thaw cycles gradually force buried stones upward. Clearing rocks is never complete.
The founder of American Stonecraft, Gerald Croteau, fell in love with these archaeological stone ruins as a youth. He became an economist and founded American Stonecraft in his late 20s after seeing the inside of a fieldstone for the first time. He was amazed at what he had overlooked for so long. Diamond tools (being a relatively modern invention) revealed amazing colors, patterns, and geologies in the humble New England farm-gathered fieldstone that he wanted desperately to share!
Croteau founded the studio to transform sustainably harvested rocks from working farms into treasured heirlooms and functional design elements for the home. Not only does this endeavor share geology that has never been seen before, but it helps support working farms, in turn preserving open space and protecting the stonewalls that are so iconic to this region.