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Sharon Kitchens

Sharon Kitchens is a neo-homesteader learning the ins and outs of country living by luck and pluck and a lot of expert advice. She writes about bees for The Huffington Post and stuff she loves on her personal blog, deliciousmusings.com. When she is not writing, she enjoys edible gardening, reading books on food and/or thinking about food, hanging out by her beehives and patiently tracking down her chickens in the woods behind her old farmhouse. In her blog, Sharon profiles farm families, reports on farm-based education and internships, conducts Q&A's with master beekeepers, offers tips on picking a CSA, and much more. Sharon can be contacted at kitchens.sharon@gmail.com or on Twitter @deliciousmusing.

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The Root with Sharon Kitchens
Posted: August 19, 2014

Building my dining room table: The Naked Table Project

To make my home more “lovable” and create a space where I could spread out and entertain guests, I signed up for the recent Naked Table Project held near Woodstock, Vermont.

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Did you know when you sit down at a table to eat you generally consume less food than if you were standing?  It’s true, and if you think about it, makes complete sense. When sitting down to a meal you are more likely to slow down and enjoy the meal at hand and be aware of the amount of food you are consuming.

When I am home I make a point to sit down at the table for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  That sounds easier than you might think with chores, an ever full inbox, a never ending stack of reading material to get through, and who knows what going on. Since moving into my home three years ago, I’ve been enjoying said meals at a small table in my kitchen. Not bad, but not the most enticing of experiences. The table is great for prep work while cooking, but it’s not a dining room table.

Part of the reason I have not purchased a dining room table is because I just couldn’t find one I love and didn’t want to get one made in China. It has been said the dining room table is the heart of every home.  Well, I wanted to hold out until I could find a sustainable option that would honor the meals made with real ingredients that would be served on it.

About a year ago I helped the folks at Claire’s Restaurant (the country’s first Community Supported Restaurant) in Hardwick, Vermont make a table out of locally sourced wood at a workshop organized by renowned furniture maker Charles Shackleton and his company Shackleton Thomas. The workshop – or weekend, as it includes a walk in the forest and locavore lunch – is called The Naked Table Project. People build tables made of Vermont’s iconic Sugar Maple, which has been responsibly managed and locally harvested.

To make my home more “lovable” and create a space where I could spread out and entertain guests, I signed up for the recent Naked Table Project held near Woodstock, Vermont. Following are images from the workshop and my table!! If you want to find out more about The Naked Table Project check out the Shackleton Thomas website here.

Nice and easy, all the materials you need to build your table are at your personal work station.

Nice and easy, all the materials you need to build your table are at your personal work station.

Charles Shackleton in the red t-shirt after giving a motivational speech.

Furniture maker Charles Shackleton in the red t-shirt.

Applying a bit of whey-based finish from Vermont Natural Coatings.

Applying a bit of whey-based finish from Vermont Natural Coatings.

Putting the legs of my table together.

Putting the legs of my table together.

Getting there, frame is together.

Getting there, frame is together.

Ben C. a Vermont logger showing how horses are used to practice sustainable logging.

To fully understand the process of sustainably making furniture, you must go into the forest. Ben C. a Vermont logger showed how horses are used to practice sustainable logging.

From forest to table.

From forest to table.

My friend Miranda Thomas (a talented!! potter and I with my finished table.

My friend Miranda Thomas (a talented!! potter and co-owner with Charles of Shackleton Thomas) and I with my finished table.

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