Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lazy Susan

Many of our readers know that Ocracoke is home to many talented musicians and a number of excellent artists, craftsmen & craftswomen. For years I have owned a beautiful Lazy Susan dining room table that I purchased from the estate of Sam Jones. Over the years the table's finish had deteriorated, leaving unsightly rings and other stains. Recently I contracted with island native, Clifton Garrish, to re-finish the table. Clifton is a very talented wood worker who builds cabinets and other fine furniture. In this photo you can see the beautiful job Clifton did.

In 2011 I mentioned Lazy Susan tables in my article about Sam Jones. I wrote, "In addition to his home, Sam had a state-of-the-art woodworking shop built on the estate. There he employed two of Norfolk’s best known furniture makers, Rosario Cicero and George Houmis, who constructed, among other items, impressive five-foot and six-foot diameter lazy-Susan tables of walnut and cherry." (I think my table is made of mahogany and pine.)

You can read more about Sam Jones here:

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here:  


  1. Anonymous6:00 PM

    Clifton did do a lovely job on your table.


  2. Anonymous10:19 PM

    That table is a priceless piece of beautiful furniture.