One of the coolest things about a farmhouse table is that it can be dressed up for a broader appeal. “Rustic chic” is in—and so is combining traditional with non-traditional aesthetics. Picture your long wood table with sleek midcentury Eames chairs encircling it. Or maybe a “set” of chairs that isn’t a set at all—every one is different!
family life unfolds in the kitchen
If you think back to the really great times you’ve had with friends and family, I’ll bet they centered around the dining table. After all, the heart of the home is the kitchen, and the heart of the kitchen is the table. For 27 years in the kitchen of our 1700s-era Colonial in Salem, Massachusetts, we had a big, old farmhouse table. It wasn’t as terrific as this one, but it witnessed everything from our son’s first birthday celebration through the filling out of his college applications. It bore the patina of age (and some graffiti carved on the underside!), and that patina spoke of the history of our family–Christmas and Chanukah, Easter and birthdays, celebrations of our friends’ children’s weddings, memorials for departed friends.
A really great farmhouse table is with you for decades, if not generations. It’s a member of the family. When we downsized, we gave ours to a dear friend, who really, really wanted it. So you see, it’s still in the family, and even today she still treasures it.
Our Farmhouse Table is simple and strong, and honest to the essential integrity of the wood it’s made from. You have a choice of two noble species: Eastern white pine from the forests surrounding us here in North Carolina, or reclaimed Douglas fir, from a building that was dismantled and the Doug fir logs left to rot–until we rescued them. These tables are simple and robust, with the wood itself making the design statement. Lovely dovetail connections between leg and top are the icing on the cake.
The table you see here is a big one—12 feet long! But since we build them to order, we can do a custom length to fit your kitchen, dining room, or Dining Pavilion. We finish them with Heritage Natural Finishes, a 100% natural oil finish made by a friend of ours. It’s FDA-certified food safe and nontoxic, and it really is the best finish for wood I’ve come across. It protects the wood while letting it breathe, and you can replenish it yourself as your table is used.