Thursday, March 10, 2011

This Table Was Not Made in a Factory

This table is one of my friend Josie's many pieces of folk art that I got a picture of before it was whisked away to California.  I find it completely adorable, especially those legs.

The top lifts off and on the inside of the apron, its maker has told its story.
THIS TABLE WAS NOT MADE IN A FACTORY ~ IT WAS MADE BY FREDERICK A HEUSER IN ROCK HILL SC (?) FROM SECOND USE PINE  TEXTILE MACHINE CRATES ??? THAT HOLD IT TOGETHER ARE ??? BLACK GLASS ??  WALNUT PEGS ???

I couldn't make out the entire description -- the wood is rough and the writing is hard to read. There is a date - 1994.



The little table makes me think of the quilts of Gee's Bend -- making something marvelous out of leftovers. 

21 comments:

Martin H. said...

There's a table to treasure. Great talking point, over coffee.

GrandmaK said...

What a lovely little treasure. Oh! I've finished reading "Art's Blood! I really enjoyed it! Thanx! Cathy

Sally said...

It is charming. Beyond the inscription, don't you wish the little table could talk.

Lord Thomas of Wellington said...

This is great. I just gave my grandson a little desk that was made by my father when he was in h.s. about 80 years ago. His dad is going to refinish it for him. It needs a face-lift. Thanks for sharing, Vicki! :)

Star said...

I love homemade items too Vicki. There is so much love in them. No matter if it isn't exactly straight here and there and that it lacks finessse. If it does the job, great and will be a long remembered reminder of the person who made it.

Brian Miller said...

that is fascinating...my great uncle was a wood worker...still have several of his pieces...the inscription in this one is really cool....a bit of history

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a lovely table and I too really like the legs. What a fabulous piece to be able to pass down to other generations. His family is very blessed.
Sam

Tess Kincaid said...

What a charming little piece! The Keno brothers would love to see this!

Mama-Bug said...

What a charming treasure you have photographed. I love those one of a kind items.

Kaye Barley said...

i covet this table.

NCmountainwoman said...

I do love the table. What a treasure.

We saw the Gees Bend quilt exhibit in Milwaukee several years ago and met many of the artists. I loved their stories about using all those polyester leisure suits they received. I could have listened to them all day.

Louise said...

That is a charmer of a table. Made even more charming by the inscription.

Darla said...

What a delightful, quirky table! Love it!

Kath said...

This table, not made in a factory, is beautiful.

Tammy said...

Beautiful little table. I love to find homemade/handmade/sometimes crudely made little treasures like this.

Tammy

Jill said...

I love that table!

maría cecilia said...

I totally agree with you, this is a beautiful little table, love it!!!!

jennyfreckles said...

It's so full of character - hope it'll be happy in its new home in California. (Well, a table like that must surely have feelings!)

Brenda said...

Oh I am seized with the inclination to google Mr. Frederick Heuser... wonder if anyone has beat me to it? I have an old desk made me my childhood friend's dad. It is likewise crudely made and full of love and stories.

Vicki Lane said...

Glad you enjoyed it, Cathy!

I did Google Frederick A Heuser but found no reference to him as a folk artist. There is a FH in Rock Hill, SC with a landscaping business...

Desiree said...

A table obviously made with great feeling by its creator...well-looked after, it could become an heirloom piece purely for its delightfully elfin quirkiness and originality...truly, it must be 'one of a kind!'