Silent Sunday

Sunday, May 10, 2015

“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

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    Monday, May 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    So beautiful, Sarah. I adore your Silent Sunday posts. <3

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    Monday, May 11, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Oh, that table, I can SEE and FEEL it. Love it.

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    Lily | Kale & Caramel
    Monday, May 11, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Such beauty scars hold. Especially upon the already adulterated surface of wood, of trees that hold secrets and decades and seasons.

    So glad you shared this, Sarah. Thank you! Wanted to come over here and say hi, too : ). Excited to be a regular Vanilla Bean reader.

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    kristie {birch and wild}
    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    I am so happy silent Sunday is back 🙂

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