Winter Stick Table “Miss Piggy” (2013)

Winter Stick Table “Miss Piggy” (2013)

The legs and frame are made from a 2 x 4” winter stick that washed up on our beach some months after Hurricane Sandy. It’s from a boat called “Miss Piggy,” probably a fishing boat. The top is a teak deck-box cover, also flotsam.

A winter stick is a piece of lumber floating in the water that is used to mark the location of a vessel’s mooring when it is hauled out of the water at season’s end. The heavy mooring chain is allowed to lie on the bottom of the anchorage, buried in mud, where it will not rust, and is attached to the winter stick with a piece of light “sacrificial” chain for the winter. Winter sticks are usually a piece of 4 x 4” lumber, four feet long, but can be a 2 x 4” about eight feet long, with a hole drilled in it for the light chain, and the boat’s name or mooring number painted on it or cut into it with a router.


5 thoughts on “Winter Stick Table “Miss Piggy” (2013)

  1. That’s fascinating! How would they bury the anchor chain in the mud? And I love the name of the boat on the winter stick. Is that a kids’ table that you made, or what purpose do you see for it?

    • Hi Jan,

      Your questions about the “Miss Piggy” table:

      The main mooring chain, attached to the sacrificial winter-stick chain, lies on the harbor bottom and sinks by its own weight into the mud. Tidal current action aids this. The winter stick chain (usually 1/8″) will rust away and have to be replaced after maybe two winters, but the main chain (3/8 to 1/2″) will last for many years, being exposed to salt water for only 5 months or so of the year.

      It’s definitely not a kids’ table, in fact we have a note in our list saying, “Not for use around small children – contains marine anti-fouling paint.” That’s the color you see there. Sometimes they’re coated with bottom paint to discourage marine growth, so this table could have some copper or tin remaining in the pigment. We designed the piece to be a mud room table, with its sold, unfinished teak top.


      Dave & Sharynne

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