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Brief Published: 21 Sep 2010

Naked Table


Run by the furniture purveyor ShackletonThomas, the Naked Table is a Vermont workshop designed to teach people how to make their own dining tables.

The workshop begins with participants assembling, sanding and finishing their tables using locally harvested Vermont Sugar Maple trees. 

Participants also visit the woods with a professional forester to see the source of their timber and identify the replacement seedlings. The weekend draws to a close with a celebratory feast eaten around the completed tables. 

Each table comes complete with a certificate stating the origin of the wood and a list of everyone involved in making it. Naked Table aims to connect people to each other and their surrounding environment.

The next workshop is being held on the October 16 to 17.


For more examples of consumers becoming their own producers, see our Control & Create Macrotrend.