Dandelion Stone Troughs And Architectural Antiques

With Alan McEwen’s engineering background of over 50 years, together with his life-long interest in British industrial history (he is also an acclaimed author of several books), two years ago, with his passion for up-cycling (Alan prefers re-engineering), using salvaged parts from Victorian machinery, he commenced building Industrial Tables. Thus, DANDELION Industrial Tables were born which has also complemented DANDELION’s main stream activities.

Ever since Alan built the first Industrial Table which was re-engineered from an early 19th century, belt-driven, cast-iron, industrial sewing machine, he has built numerous tables ranging from narrow, timber-topped console tables using up-cycled cast-iron, Victorian ale house table-bases, through to medium sized tables using old mangles, with tops of either salvaged pine or hardwood or, York flag stones. Other Industrial Tables are built to customers’ own specifications from old agricultural and industrial machinery, with tops of York flag stone, Welsh slate, or green Irish slate.

Alan scours the entire country seeking Victorian and Vintage cast-iron saw benches, metal machinery bases from engineering workshops, cast-iron mangles and sundry old agricultural machinery, which he re-engineers in our own workshops to become DANDELION Industrial Tables. Tops of salvaged hard wood or pine are added for indoor dining tables and console tables, and for customers who enjoy ‘al-fresco’ dining out in the garden, Alan builds York flag stone-topped Industrial Tables.

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