PICKIN ' & PINING ON LONG ISLAND 1960
My name is Ken Spooner. As you can see I grew up surrounded by pine and have been in the musical arts all my life. I started doing wood work in my junior high school days in the late '50s, When my shop teacher, Mr. LaBianca sold my first coffee table ( A Danish Modern walnut one ) for $40.00 at an industrial arts exhibit, he encouraged me to "stick with it". I sort of took his advice. In the seventies, growing weary of the music biz, I started a handcrafted pine furniture shop on Long Island, NY. It grew rapidly with several employees, but the music biz beckoned again. After decades of writing and producing music, performing, and even retailing it ( I had a specialty guitar shop) I began wood working again at the start of the millenium. It was mainly for recreation, building some pieces for our new home and occasionally making something to sell to supplement social security.
Word got around and in this past very different year 2020, I found myself as busy as I care to be in my home backyard shop, taking on occasional custom orders, mainly for tables I have designed. The writer in me came up with the tongue in cheek name Stable Table Works Ltd. for this adventure. Works is a nod to my part English heritage, as is Ltd (Limited), except for the double meaning it holds for me. Looking at nearly 3/4s of a century on this small planet, I have no desire to be working fulltime filling furniture orders and so I limit myself to working on just one at a time. The end results should yield to smiles and "stability" for all, especially in this new "ABBEY NORMAL" age we all seem to find ourselves in. So scroll on down, and take a look at some of my stuff that folks have in their homes in Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, and of course Tennessee, which is where I have lived ( Nashville aka Music City) for 34 years. More detailed info on what I offer and how to contact me follows the pics .
STAY TUNED ,SAFE & STABLE
STILL IN THE PINES & PICKIN - NASHVILLE 2020
"PALAMINO" 8 'x 42" Ipswich Pine
"THREE MILE HARBOR" 6' x 36" Weathered grey & antique white
"AUTUMN LEAVES" 6'x 39" Ipswitch Pine & Expresso
EARLY AMERICAN 5.5' x 36"
"SEATUCK COVE" 6'x 39" Weathered & Ocean Mist
"BUSTER BROWN" (named for the company that made saddle shoes famous) 6' x 37.5 " Expresso & Snow White
Tables should look nice on the underside too.
ANNIVERSARY MODEL a celebration of the first table I built shown below in 1973. I also made the Grandmother clock.
"Ebony Eyes" Dark Walnut & Ebony Trim 66 x 36 It gets two matching benches to go with it
COBBLERS BENCH COFFEE TABLE
HALL / SOFA / ACCENT TABLE
"PUB" or Counter Height table for two
GUITAR TABLE / Writing Desk
Because I only work on one piece at a time and keep a supply of pre made compotents, I can complete a custom order in a short time. Usually within two weeks with weather being the main factor. Here is the order form I use . Terms are quite clear and straightforward.
IT STARTS ROLLING WITH 104 FEET OF SOUTHERN YELLOW PINE
Future End Tables
A STRONG FOOTING MAKES FOR A STABLE TABLE
THE BIG TOP 9'x 44"
OPTIONAL STYLES FOR TRESTLE LEGS (note: The Hourglass allows benches to store away completely under the table
Inventory of essential universal support parts reduces build time significantly
SOME FOLKS LIKE TO DO FINISHING THEMSELVES, THAT'S FINE & DANDY WITH ME .
BTW I USE TITEBOND GLUE EXCLUSIVLY, BUT NOT LIKE ROD STEWART DOES
ASKING THE MUSICAL QUESTION .....
I HAVE MADE STUFF FOR RESTUARANTS , BOTH ALICE's & ZEKE's
AND YES I WORKED WITH ARLO GUTHRIE
You can eat at one of these in NOBLE'S BEER HALL in East Nashville
I ALSO MAKE THEM WITH TRADITIONAL JOINERY
THANKS FOR LOOKING CONTACT ME HERE : firstname.lastname@example.org