Dow man creates furniture art one piece at a time

Greg Stevens

DOW — David Stine’s rural Dow small business for 25 decades has been creating personalized-order, hand-designed wood furniture working with hardwood harvested on-web-site. 

“Every one piece we make is just one-of-a-type,”said Stine. “Everything is completed by hand the previous-fashioned way.”

Stine and his wife and company partner, Stephanie Abbajay, own and work David Stine Furnishings on their 40-acre farm just off of Illinois Route 3, and when they say they make points the old-fashioned way, they signify it. 

“If David could have a group of oxen pulling the logs out, he would,” Abbajay reported.

“Our lead time is 14 to 16 months,” she mentioned. “People know that they are going to have to wait around since every thing is manufactured by hand, a single piece at a time.”

The only wooden employed in David Stine Furniture creations is harvested from 500 acres of forest owned by the Stine family members. The spouse and spouse staff does not minimize trees on customers’ attributes to make home furniture since they want to follow responsible stewardship.

“We only go in and cull the useless and dying trees. We reduce what wants to be taken out to propagate new growth,” Abbajay mentioned. “That gives us actually attention-grabbing woods to perform with: cherry, walnut, white oak, pink oak, sycamore, ash, elm, osage orange, tulip poplar, sassafras, maple. No matter what is native to this place is the wood that we use.”

Once a tree has been slice down it is taken to the Stine farm wherever a few sawmills and a few kilns are located. The logs are milled and kiln-dried, then each resulting slab of wood is photographed and cataloged.

“When a shopper will come to us and desires a 12-foot eating desk that is 42 inches broad, we request how considerably character they want in the wood and what species. Then we pull the photos, so the customer can see the possibilities,” Abbajay mentioned. “They usually close up coming out to the wooden store and picking their closing slab in man or woman.”

The completed products can range from more compact parts of home furniture to the Stines’ signature pieces, giant, solitary-slab dwell edge tables wherever at the very least a person edge of the table is not clean but is remaining unfinished.

“There’s nothing a lot more dramatic,” Abbajay stated. “We just designed two big tables, 20 toes very long and 42 inches large, and they are just showstoppers.” 

David Stine grew up on the spouse and children farm near Dow and figured out woodworking from his father and grandfather who usually created their very own home furnishings and repaired issues applying timber from the similar residence that the business now utilizes.

Stine moved to Washington, D.C. to go to regulation faculty, but uncovered he wished to do something in the evenings and on weekends that was a little a lot more fingers-on and commenced constructing bins, humidors and espresso tables for pals. Just after graduating from regulation school, Stine made a decision he did not want to pursue a lawful profession right after all and, as an alternative, launched Stine Woodworking in 1997 in Washington D.C. He returned five or six moments a 12 months to the loved ones farm in Dow to get lumber and carry it again to his wooden shop in Washington. 

When Stine and his wife moved again to Dow in 2002, the company arrived with them. They bought a 40-acre farm and an 1871 farmhouse adjacent to the family’s timber tract. That’s where by you will find David Stone Furnishings nowadays.

“We do the job with truly unusual woods that most wood employees won’t get the job done with, like tulip poplar, mulberry and osage orange which is definitely neat and pretty abundant out below,” Stine reported. “I like to get the job done with walnut and it is the most well known of all the woods we get the job done with. Walnut is so expressive and there are so lots of distinct tones and shades.

“Because all of the trees are distinct, no two are alike,” he stated. “Just about every log will produce seven to eight slabs and each is a little bit various.

“It’s genuinely extraordinary and you get to see definitely wonderful grain styles,” he said. “From time to time there are bug trails and sometimes you will locate a bullet lodged in it, so the trees seriously tell a tale.”

Stine and Abbajay are in particular proud of an 18-thirty day period undertaking they did for the Missouri Botanical Backyard in St. Louis. A 75-calendar year-previous oak tree experienced to occur down to make way for the garden’s $150 million readers centre. David Stine Household furniture was hired to just take the tree down and use it to build a large bench and a big communal dining table for the new restaurant inside of.

The duo also has created the tables and desks in the VIP parts for STL City, the new soccer club in St. Louis, and built all of the restaurant and coffee tables there. They have also worked with perfectly-recognised designers like Jonathan Adler, and have designed custom made pieces for a Ralph Lauren retailer.

They have no programs to alter their deliberate, time-consuming and environmentally-aware business enterprise product. They really like trees and the items of home furniture than can be designed from them.

“As we’re milling the logs we may well say, ‘That’s going to make a good mantle,’ or, ‘That’s going to be a fantastic espresso table,’” Stine claimed. “The wooden speaks to us in the most pure sense.” 

David Stine Household furniture is open up by appointment only and retains two open properties for each yr. For additional information and facts, check out


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