During 2009, The Hill Team visited ShackletonThomas furniture in Bridgewater VT, and saw the beautiful furniture they produce. We also heard about this wonderful event they offer where you make your own table. For something rewarding, beautiful and fun, you may want to investigate this for a wonderful Valentine present.

We experienced the inns in Woodstock where you would be staying and those supplying the wonderful food. All around, it would me a memorable and exciting weekend.

I’m passing the following information on from Shackleton Thomas’ press release.

“Connecting people to each other and the environment, making things by hand”

The renowned furniture makers invite you and your partner or spouse to make a table in our Vermont workshops this Valentine’s Day Weekend (February 13 and 14), no furniture making skills required.

THE NAKED TABLE PROJECT was originally conceived last winter as a way of involving people in the process of making their own tables out of locally harvested, sustainably grown Vermont Sugar Maple.

Participants in the Valentine’s Day weekend event will meet for coffee on Saturday morning at 9:30 am before starting the day. The morning will be spent assembling, sanding, and applying the finish to the tables. Lunch will be provided, and the table will be completed Saturday afternoon. Participants will have free time during both days to visit the local area and picturesque Town of Woodstock. On Saturday evening, table makers, as well as all the people involved in producing the wood for the tables will feast on locally grown foods. The meal will be served on table maker’s tables in the banquet room at the famous Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee, VT.

Sunday morning, will involve a short snowshoe walk in the beautiful forest nearby where the wood for the tables was harvested this fall. Participants will identify a tree to be managed as a replacement for the tables. The forest walk will be followed by a delicious picnic lunch from Woodstock Farmer’s Market.

The price of the weekend experience includes the table itself, two nights (double occupancy) in your choice of one of four of Woodstock’s finest Inns for both nights, dinner for two at Simon Pearce, a picnic lunch on Saturday and Sunday, as well as delivery of the table to within 300 miles of Bridgewater, VT. (For deliveries beyond 300 miles, please call for a quote.) The price (per couple) for the Naked Table Couples Weekend is $3500 for a Naked Rectangle Table (35″ X 60″) and $3900 for a Naked Oval Table (48″ X 64″). Three percent of all proceeds will be donated towards the Upper Valley Haven, which provides shelter for homeless families, and food and other services for those in need.

This first-time event is limited to 15 couples on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Please call 802-672-5175 for bookings and more information or visit:

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