There's an old walnut tree that has fallen on my parents' farm. Would anyone, they asked, have an interest in it? Um, "Yes!", I said. For my own inspiration (and probably for many others' after Hurricane Irene) I went out searching for dining tables that are made from felled trees:Here are some favorites from what I found:
- The dining table at Hudson, New York's Ten Broeck Cottage is made of pine from the property.
- This kitchen and dining pavilion featured in Dwell includes a dining table made from a fallen tree.
- Meyer Wells is a business in the northwest that's set up upon building tables from felled trees.
If I actually do something with my parents' old walnut, it won't be easy. I will have to hire someone with a portable mill to come out to the property and process it. The wood will then need to be either kiln-dried or will need to dry out on its own for at least a year or so. Then, finally, a table could be crafted from it by a woodworker. It would take quite a lot of time and money, but imagine what a treasure such a dining table would be!
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