These pieces were created from items recovered from the Vermont Marble Company. Located in Proctor, Vermont, this prosperous company was founded in 1880 by businessman and politician Redfield Proctor. The surrounding area held valuable marble quarries that supplied the factory. As railroads made the area accessible to the rest of the nation, the Vermont Marble Company grew to become one of the largest producers of marble in the world.
To keep up with their expanding business, Vermont Marble sent interpreters to Ellis Island to recruit new immigrants. The nearby town of Proctor sprung up, populated almost entirely by the company's five thousand workers. Redfield Proctor, a senator, used his political ties to bring in large contracts for Vermont Marble. The company contributed marble to the Washington Monument, United States Supreme Court building, Arlington National Cemetery, and other iconic American sites.
During the Second World War, the factory was retooled to make submarine engines. In the following years, the marble industry declined and the company struggled. Vermont Marble eventually stopped operations in the 1990s. There is now a museum on the property as well as a small company operating in one end that cuts what is left of the marble quarried there decades ago.
This coffee table is a simple, but unique refurbishment. Upon finding the wooden handtruck in the factory, Jay knew right away that it would be a coffee table. The handtruck itself is a testament to a time gone by when craftsmanship and integrity were a way of life. It was built using through mortise and tenons which are exposed on both sides. The combination of wood and steel give it a strong industrial look. Partnered with a marble slab from this historic factory, it makes for a one-of-a-kind coffee table with one hell of a story.
In addition to the handtruck, Jay found a wood and wrought iron marble jack at the factory. After cleaning up the jack and applying a coat of tung oil, Jay went shopping for inspiration in his snake room, which houses everything from wagon wheel hoops to blunt screws and is essentially his very own antique hardware store (and occasionally the home to a rogue snake). He welded on a wrought iron base (which used to be a small barrel hoop) to stabilize the jack so it could stand upright. He then used a second hoop for the top. It happened to have 10 holes for which Jay found 10 big rusted nails which were a perfect match. The top spins and the nails hold whatever you'd like them to, from coats to holsters to hats. This jack once moved marble slabs which possibly were used to build some of the most amazing historical landmarks in the United States. Now Jay has given it a second life as a jack rack. How cool is that?
These pieces serve as beautiful, unique pieces of furniture while celebrating the history of a company that helped fashion some of our nation's architectural treasures. It is our true hope that you fondly think of those people and times while you enjoy these treasures.