A Hand Made Valentine

by  Raef Harrison | Jan 14, 2010
Couple / gpointstudio/iStock

It's 2010 - the year of multi-tasking. What better way to embrace the new, efficient you then combining a romantic Valentine's Day weekend and ... furniture making?!

The owners of ShackletonThomas, a furniture workshop in Bridgewater, Vermont believe there is no better way for couples to re-connect than by creating a beautiful piece of artwork together that they will be able to use in their homes for years to come. 

So they have created "The Naked Table Project", the perfect Valentine's weekend package revolving around a day of sanding, nailing and varnishing a beautiful table out of locally grown and sustainably harvested Vermont Sugar Maple. 

Choose from one of five participating Bed and Breakfasts in the area (Applebutter Inn, The Fan House, Kedron Valley Inn, The Woodstock Inn, and the Woodstocker are some of Vermont's finest) all located near the ShackletonThomas workshop. Meet Saturday morning for coffee and start assembling and varnishing your table. Lunch will be served, followed by adding the table top and a finishing coat of varnish. Then the afternoon is yours to discover local activities and take in the picturesque setting of Woodstock. That evening re-join your fellow table makers for a gourmet dinner served atop your handywork. The tables will be set up in the banquet room of the famous Simon Pierce restaurant and you'll enjoy a feast of locally grown foods.

Sunday will consist of an easy snowshoe hike into the nearby forest to identify the trees that have been planted to replace the one harvested to make your table. A delicious picnic lunch will be brought along provided by Woodstock Farmers Market.

Long after the weekend is over, you'll have four sturdy legs to put your memories on! 

The price (per couple) for this weekend package is $3,500 to make a Naked Rectangle Table (35"X 60"), and $3900 for a Naked Oval Table (48" X 64"), and is available February 13th-15th. Three percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Upper Valley Have, which provides shelter for homeless families and food and other services for those in need. 


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