The concept of the farm table arose with the need of accommodating workers at a common place for meals. The tables were constructed quickly and in a rough manner – basic and unrefined. They were usually accompanied with long benches for communal seating. The unparalelled practicality of the craftsmanship was indeed solid and sturdy. There was a primitive honesty in their creation.
Air drying the wood was the most common way to prep the planks before construction – the result was a rustic product, often with cracks and occasional warping and turning present in the table surface. The types of wood used were restricted to mainly what was abundant in the local area of origin. White pine for example was readily available in the U.S., and its softness gave way to wear and tear in building the table, as well as afterwards during their use at mealtime. The original farm table was also used for general labor of the home – such as a work bench area, or a spot to perform handiwork and day to day domestic tasks, such as cooking, meal prep, and baking.
The attraction of the farm table has risen significantly in the past decade – their imperfections, rustic charm and old-world style offer a particularly beautiful addition to a modern and contemporary space.