Orion Schoolhouse

Orion Schoolhouse

We started building dining tables over 20 years ago, and since then thousands of tables have left our shop. This massive 14-foot trestle table is one for the record books and my personal favorite. Crafted from some of the largest reclaimed chestnut boards I have ever seen!! Salvaged from an old mill in Bluefield, Virginia. These boards are 3″ thick, 13″ in width, and were brought in at almost 15′ in length. It took almost a week just to straighten and glue the tabletop. The base is built with hand-cut mortise and tenon joinery.

Next door to us, tucked in the Orion community of Ashe County, sits a thoughtfully renovated schoolhouse and chapel, built in the mid 1800s. The community Orion was named by farmers throughout our area many years ago. It is thought that Orion got its name from being “up near the stars” in the mountains. The Orion School served the community as both a place of learning and meeting from the mid 1800’s until the 1940s. Today it is used for special events and gatherings. This is the 6th table we have built for the schoolhouse and we think it is a wonderful centerpiece.

We are honored to have the opportunity to build tables for this space which will house many gatherings and celebrations for many years to come! We are also so thankful to have amazing clients that understand and support our dreams and some times crazy ideas. To be able to give these old American chestnut beams new life in this project was truly the perfect fit! We love a story steeped in rich history and character and are blessed to be a part of these special projects that will last generations. To learn more about Orion School and Chapel, visit https://www.orionschoolandchapel.com/.

We have built several tables for wedding and event venues over the years. If you have a special project, please reach out to us!

Ready To Ship Farmhouse Tables

Ready To Ship Farmhouse Tables

There’s an old saying that goes: families that play together, stay together. We all know that quality time with our family is paramount in building stronger relationships. Building forts, sharing stories, and just being together makes a difference in all of your lives. Family bonding time builds confidence, teaches children about interacting with others, and create wonderful memories that last a lifetime! We strongly believe that this is more important RIGHT NOW more than ever!! With all the time being spent at home these days, people need to have a centerpiece so to speak, to gather round. What better place to gather than the family dinner table? Not only can you spend quality time eating together, but our Carolina Farm Tables also provide an excellent place for school work, family game nights, and art activities! Right now, we have our 6’ x38” Pine Farmhouse Tables, with extensions, and a matching bench IN STOCK, READY TO SHIP! We are offering 10% OFF, plus a FREE cutting board to any orders placed before May 30th! Who couldn’t use an extra cutting board now with all the home-cooking we are all doing?!? This is one or our best selling tables! It will seat 6 people comfortably every day, and with its two 24” extensions attached, it quickly becomes a 10’ table that can fit 8-10 when company comes over. Perfect for when this “Social Distancing” ends and we can all celebrate with some awesome cookouts with friends! The sale price brings the table, bench and cutting board combo total to $1,800.

The table shown here has a golden oak stained top & a black base. We also have this table available with an off white base, as well as all stained. The average cost to ship on the East coast is $200-300, or West coast for $400. As always, we are happy to help you load this table up if you would like to pick up at our shop. We will provide 6′ social distancing as this is the perfect fit table 😉 Cheers friends, and stay well!!

Joe Van Gogh

Joe Van Gogh

With all the COVID-19 news going around, supporting others is an absolute must! One way of supporting others is by fueling through coffee!! Our new normal has become working from home and homeschooling our children, leaving only for essential business. Have you ever heard of coffee cupping? Me neither, until my buddy @swenkstar asked me to build two custom-sized tables for Joe Van Gogh. Kevin is in charge of the coffee bean roasting for this Hillsborough, NC coffee company. When they are finished with a new batch they will taste it right there on site. Having two 43″ tall standing tables on wheels was needed to complete the experience. The coffee is assessed by taking a spoonful of it and slurping it into the mouth. The categories assessed and scored include flavor, aftertaste, acidity, body, balance, uniformity and sweetness. These all add up to give a total score out of 100. I really enjoyed getting a tour of the operation and left with a few bags of really fresh coffee. If you need to fuel up, you can order online from this local company and have it delivered straight to your home. You can also support those working to provide for us, healthcare personnel, grocery staff and first responders who are working on the front lines. Joe Van Gogh has started a program called “Fuel for the Frontlines” to equip these folks and we love it! Cheers to health, wellbeing and community!

Weathered Gray Finish

Weathered Gray Finish

Well folks, as much as we love the mountains, we love the beach just as much! When we build one of these beauties in our shop, especially this time of year, I can’t help but think about the lovely coastal areas! This 6’x3′ farmhouse table has a weathered gray oak top and a linen white base. This piece will look fabulous in its new beach bungalow and is one of our best selling finishes for beach homes. We think it looks great with a grouping of simple steel chairs like shown and maybe some farmhouse accents and turquoise waters out the window. Sorry, I’m daydreaming ;)…

Back to the facts… This weathered gray look is not just a wood stain, we oxidize the wood. This is a chemical reaction that happens when you introduce iron to the wood. This process is most effective on red or white oak. We spray several light coats on to the oak & let it dry for 24hr. This leaves the bare unfinished wood with a gray weathered look. Next, we add a driftwood white stain to make the grain pop and then seal the table with three coats of satin sheen lacquer finishes. This commercial-grade finish is water-resistant & easy to clean. No water rings or spots will occur with normal use, unlike wax or oil finished pieces. To clean just wipe the furniture with light soapy water & dry with a soft dishcloth. You can also use any household furniture cleaner on the market. This is just an example of one of our many stain & paint options.

To see all the available finish’s go to our samples page https://carolinafarmtable.com/wood-samples or our paint color page https://carolinafarmtable.com/colors. We also offer custom colors for an upcharge. If you would like to learn more about our custom tables and finishes, please let us know. Also, if you happen to live near the coast, keep in mind we love to travel and deliver 🙂

15′ Mission Trestle Table

15′ Mission Trestle Table

What a table made for a Holiday Feast! This 15’x4′ cherry mission trestle table is one of the largest tables we have ever built. The trestle base is built with mortise and tenon joinery. This ancient technique dating back thousands of years has many variations, but the basic practice has remained the same. A protruding tenon, cut at the end of one piece, fits into a corresponding recess, called a mortise, in the other. This joint is a staple in the construction of chairs, tables, cabinets, frames, doors, windows, and paneling. With the proper amount of glue, and wedges, or metal fasteners, this joint can handle an incredible amount of force. This is definitely necessary on this 15’x4′ tabletop, as it is weighing in at 350lb!! The client chose a light golden oak stain, which is our favorite color on cherry because it is very close to its natural color and really lets the grain shine through. Now we will carefully box up this massive table and hand it over to our in-home delivery company. They will take this table to its Jamestown, Rhode Island home. We are SO thankful for the opportunities we are giving by our customers, the small mountain town we get to call home and the talented team we have working for us.  

Booneshine Brewery

Booneshine Brewery

Congrats to our friends at Booneshine Brewery on opening their tasting room and restaurant in East Boone this past summer!! What a pleasure it was creating these massive tables with Charleston Forge for their outdoor space! We built these 8’x3′, 1 3/4″ thick tops out of white oak and sealed them with a spar urethane so they could hold up outdoors year-round. Charleston Forge built the steel bases that set the tables at 36″ tall. A perfect height for hanging out with friends and tasting craft beer. We love working with local small businesses and these two companies really are top-notch. Charleston Forge has been making high-end metal furniture for over 35 years. Their factory is located in Boone right down the road from Booneshine Brewery. They ship their work throughout the US and internationally. Check them out at www.charlestonforge.com when you get a chance! Booneshine is a new business in the High Country. They have been in business since 2015, and have really taken off and grown a large following. You can find their beer on tap and in cans all over Boone and beyond. I honestly believe they are in it for the love of creating great tasting beer and that is why I think they are the best brewery in the High Country. You can check them out at www.booneshine.beer. It seems that if you take passion in what you do, whether it is custom made dining tables, hand-forged metal furniture or craft beer, your hard work will show and your business will succeed. Thank you very much to all the folks that try to buy local and support small business!! It is a true blessing to be able to do what we love!