ISSUE 50  |  Holiday Gifts

Accessories: Bowling Christmas Tree Stand

December 18, 2008 4:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

We love the no-nonsense, American-industrial look of these heavyweight steel Christmas tree stands, handcrafted in Bear Lake, Michigan, by Floyd Bowling Jr. and Sr. since 1989. The T-bolts make securing the tree easy, and the tripod legs prevent wobbling on uneven floors. One happy customer wrote, "It belongs in the permanent collection at MoMA." Bowling’s Last Stand offers three models: The 10XTS Model shown below supports a tree up to 10 feet tall and costs $180; the 12XTS supports trees up to 12 feet tall, and the 16XTC is for behomeths up to 16 feet tall.