“I can eat anywhere, standing up if I have to. That said, I have always loved the idea of a kitchen table around which people can gather. Having spent a good year or more scouring the Internet, antique shops, and salvage yards for something that works for me, I finally decided to have one made. The idea had never crossed my mind until I saw, quite by chance, a barn pile high with thick oak planks, each one with its own notches and splits, ridges and undulations.
My preference is for a simple, unpolished, everyday table that will show the timber in all its natural beauty. A table that will get better for a few wine rings, oil spots, and maybe even the odd burn from a hot casserole. Scars can hold a great beauty…
The timber is fragile and has been dried, wrapped in burlap, and sprayed in every-decreasing amounts for up to five years. It now lies stacked, with air circulating around it, in a Berkshire barn, waiting to live again. We discuss planning, carving, polishing the wood, but I decided the moment I saw it that we would do as little as possible to it. As I rub my hand along the chocolate-colored planks, I faintly wonder what will be its first meal.”
-Nigel Slater, June 15 A New Kitchen Table