Our Story

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David Ellison, the founder of Lorimer Studios, has had a lifelong fascination with antique handmade furniture. His interest in tables traces back to his childhood in Scotland. No matter his day job, he kept his passion for building and restoring at the forefront of his mind. In 2007 he left a thirty-year corporate career to pursue his dream of building affordable, handcrafted wooden tables.

Lorimer Studios is located in Pawtucket, RI, a city with a rich history of industry and innovation. David and his small crew are committed to quality, painstakingly crafting exactly the piece that each customer wants in their home or business.

We are really happy to connect with new people all over the globe with a shared interest in simple well-crafted tables. We make custom tables that last for families, designers, decorators and companies. We have shipped tables at reasonable rates to every state in the continental United States.

Our tables have been featured in The New York Times MagazineDesign SpongeApartment Therapy, and ETSY’s Process blog.

 

PHILOSOPHY AND VALUES

David knows that his tables can be found at the heart of many homes, where families congregate each night to gather for meals and to entertain friends. This is why he spends so much of his time communicating with customers, listening to their individual needs and then guiding their decisions. He even updates them as their tables near completion, sending them photos along the way.

When making tables, the wood is everything. We care about where our wood comes from, just as much as we care about craftsmanship. We use very old wood whenever possible, but because of the nature of the salvaged wood market, availability can never be guaranteed. However, we will only use very dry and very well seasoned boards to assure great character and stability.

MATERIALS

David travels frequently to search for aged materials and old growth wood to use in his creations. David is committed to converting the best and most interesting materials into quality furniture at reasonable prices. We treasure the unique details, which some might call flaws, in old lumber. Wood with history is more interesting and moreover, using old growth and reused wood is the responsible thing to do.

 

Our Team

Our team at Lorimer Studios is comprised of a small group of craftspeople with a wide range of talents. We are a mix of RISD, Pratt, and career woodworkers, and all have a deep passion for what we do. As a team we take enormous pride in not only the craftsmanship, but forming relationships with our clients.

  Chris   A true Renaissance man, Chris has been building and designing furniture for years, and he seems to be able to solve any problem that pops up. He plays an important role in every step of the table-making process here at Lorimer.

Chris

A true Renaissance man, Chris has been building and designing furniture for years, and he seems to be able to solve any problem that pops up. He plays an important role in every step of the table-making process here at Lorimer.

  Kaelyn   Kaelyn has a degree in organizational psychology, and a talent for developing complex systems that help us operate smoothly. She is the proud owner of a German Shepherd puppy and two cats.

Kaelyn

Kaelyn has a degree in organizational psychology, and a talent for developing complex systems that help us operate smoothly. She is the proud owner of a German Shepherd puppy and two cats.

  Ben   The son of a master craftsman, Ben grew up with a passion for woodworking. He has a talent for drawing, design, and architectural thinking. In his spare time, he enjoys playing hockey and guitar.

Ben

The son of a master craftsman, Ben grew up with a passion for woodworking. He has a talent for drawing, design, and architectural thinking. In his spare time, he enjoys playing hockey and guitar.

 
  Charles   Charles has always had a passion for woodworking, and brings excitement and energy for the craft. In his spare time, he enjoys beekeeping and collecting maple syrup.

Charles

Charles has always had a passion for woodworking, and brings excitement and energy for the craft. In his spare time, he enjoys beekeeping and collecting maple syrup.

  Zoe   In addition to building tables, Zoe is a graduate of Brown University and a linguist, specializing in five different languages. She is organized and efficient and brings a sparkling smile to work each day.

Zoe

In addition to building tables, Zoe is a graduate of Brown University and a linguist, specializing in five different languages. She is organized and efficient and brings a sparkling smile to work each day.

  Ryan   Ryan, a Pratt Institute graduate, brings an artistic touch to the form and finishes of our tables. He has a great sense of color and is an artist in his own right. When he’s not at the shop, he is at his own studio working on his paintings and woodcarvings.

Ryan

Ryan, a Pratt Institute graduate, brings an artistic touch to the form and finishes of our tables. He has a great sense of color and is an artist in his own right. When he’s not at the shop, he is at his own studio working on his paintings and woodcarvings.

 
  Nick   Nick came to us after many years of working with granite and stone. He is our resident lumber specialist, builds all of our tabletops, and loves spending his free time with his rescue dog, Sugar.

Nick

Nick came to us after many years of working with granite and stone. He is our resident lumber specialist, builds all of our tabletops, and loves spending his free time with his rescue dog, Sugar.

 
  David   David, the founder of Lorimer Studios, has had a passion for handmade furniture since his childhood in Scotland. David's sense of design and drive for great service and quality continues to build our successful business.

David

David, the founder of Lorimer Studios, has had a passion for handmade furniture since his childhood in Scotland. David's sense of design and drive for great service and quality continues to build our successful business.

Social Enterprise

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edge & end

Through our collaborative workshop, called Edge and End, we work with vulnerable members of our community to teach trade and job skills, create employment opportunities, and build meaningful relationships. Our pilot partner is The Groden Network, Rhode Island's premiere organization for the treatment of Autism and other developmental disabilities. Edge and End is working with Groden and Lorimer Studios to create meaningful work experiences for adults with Autism. Groden clients are learning valuable skills from experienced craftspeople, while interacting with coworkers and the public in a challenging but supportive work environment.

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building together

We specialize in building custom cutting boards together. Our pieces are made from locally sourced, repurposed hardwoods, and our finishes are natural and food-safe. We are proud of our products, but even more proud of the community we have built around them.

To learn more about this project, or to browse what's available now, click here.