Bob Timberlake teams with Buck Stove, EarthStone for outdoor furniture line
April 23, 2014,
Bob Timberlake collaborated with Buck Stove and EarthStone on this line of eco-friendly outdoor furniture.
Now being exhibited at other regional home shows in the Southern circuit, the collection combines materials from recycled plastic milk bottles and stone countertop cutouts with stainless steel hardware for a durable and lasting style.
“The response was overwhelming – more than anything because it was American-made, it was 100% recycled and because Bob Timberlake’s name brings value to anything,” said Claudia Bailey Honeycutt, sales and marketing director, New Buck Corporation. She is part of the Bailey family that has owned and operated Buck Stove for 43 years in Spruce Pine, N.C.
Buck Stove had produced outdoor furniture in the small mountain town near the Blue Ridge Parkway several years ago before partnering with Amish families for production in Ohio. Now its outdoor furniture production has returned to Spruce Pine, where all of the scrap materials are recycled, Honeycutt said.
“People love it because it’s comfortable, durable and it just lasts and lasts,” she said. “There are a lot of different options for people to choose from as far as colors and styles. You’ve got colors that will fit very well at the coast, that will also fit in the mountains and that look great at the lake house. It’s not just one style of furniture for one style of living. It will work on back porches. It will work around fire pits outside. It will work at the lake under the trees. It will work at the nicest homes in the nicest neighborhoods.”
The outdoor furniture recently found placement in the Omni Homestead Resort & Spa in Hot Springs, Va., and at the Switzerland Inn in Little Switzerland, N.C. It’s also being shown year-round at the Bob Timberlake Gallery in Lexington, N.C. and at EarthStone Galleries in Greensboro, N.C.
Although it can suit luxury settings, the collection is affordable, Honeycutt said. “You can go from a porch swing to a chaise lounge to an outdoor recliner, Adirondack chairs, rockers, gliders, footstools, barstools, pub tables, coffee tables, end tables. It’s a complete furniture set that you can just add to as the years go by, if you don’t want to do it all at one time – so that’s a good point of sale, too.”
Jim Slagle, president of Bob Timberlake, Inc., said he thinks the partners have created the first true recycled outdoor living space. “The furniture is 100% recycled and it’s 100% guaranteed for life,” he said. “I think ‘green’ really does mean something.”
Meanwhile, Bob Timberlake’s name is also connected with a different kind of green as he is serving as the honorary chairman for Art Fore Golf and official artist for U.S. Open in June. Art Fore Golf is an outdoor art exhibit in Pinehurst, N.C. He painted an oversize golf ball with dogwood petals on the dimples, red cardinals and red tee that stands about 4 feet tall.
He also painted the first golf ball for an exhibit that will contain more than 50 painted golf balls. At the conclusion of the exhibit, an auction will be held and individual sponsors will determine the designated charities for the amount collected from the sale of each golf ball.
“Our goal for the ‘Art Fore Golf’ exhibit is to involve as many North Carolina companies, organizations, universities and professional sports teams as a tribute to the entire state,” said Tom Stewart, Art Fore Golf coordinator and owner of the Old Sport Gallery in the village of Pinehurst. “As the community prepares to host the unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Men’s and Women’s Championships during the summer of 2014, we want all our guests to see the support that is provided across the state from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Carolina coastline.”
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