Plants, Stone, California Landscapes


Stone Bistro Table

Cold Springs Slab Table

Big Springs Stone Table

It’s not quite April, but we already feel safe to move our cushions outside and get our front porch ready for summer. The table on our porch is new for us this year, assembled from a slab and a block of granite. The stone’s called Big Springs, from somewhere in Utah, boulders cut into slices that are perfect for tables and benches. The stone has a beautiful grain, as if it were wood, and the sides have bluish and yellowish lichen. This table didn’t take any skill to assemble; I just put the flat stone on the flat-topped granite block. It didn’t need mortar or even a shim. The slabs aren’t particularly expensive, so I don’t understand why they aren’t more common. Doesn’t everyone want a three-hundred pound bistro table?

There’s another photo showing the grain of the stone below.

cold springs slab

cold springs slab


3 Responses to “Stone Bistro Table”

  1. March 30th, 2009 at 3:10 am

    Frances says:

    Hi Ryan, I cannot speak for everyone, but do agree we would all want such a beautiful and natural table. The three hundred pounds of it might be a bit much for a few of us to lift alone, but with several strong men, bring it!!!! 🙂

  2. March 30th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Daffodil Planter says:

    Well Frances certainly speaks for me–I would love to have such a table. Any chance the slabs come in “thin slice”?

  3. March 30th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    ryan says:

    Uh oh. Did I veer from garden blogging to garden gloating?
    It would take three men, but only one woman with a hand truck. It fortunately comes apart into two sections. I can’t lift the pedestal by myself, but the pedestal goes on the ground, so I’ve never had to.

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