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.
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.