How would you like to take a weekend away in Vermont, build an authentically local wood table from scratch with 15 other people, and then finish off the weekend enjoying a bountiful dinner on it prepared by local chefs? If this sounds up your alley, then you need to check out The Naked Table Project, which started last winter as a way to involve people in the process of making their own wood table out of locally harvested, sustainably grown Vermont Sugar Maple. For each weekend workshop, 15 people are invited to the ShackletonThomas workshops to make a simple wooden farm table, with a weekend focus on "connecting people to each other and the environment, [and] making things by hand."
The trees are harvested six months prior to the workshop, and are logged, sawn, and dried prior to the weekend event. Participants are assisted by skilled carpenters and furniture makers as they assemble, smooth and finish the tables. Everyone involved in the making of the table signs it, a new tree is planted, and its location coordinates are also written on the table's underside. The weekend ends with a big dinner on a 75-foot-long-table (all of the newly-built tables pushed together) for a celebratory, locally grown and prepared meal.
Interested? Check out the site for upcoming workshop dates.