Love Carved into Hearts and Home

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold. -Z. Fitzgerald

Like a table will topple without a strong base, a family will crumble without love. Sometimes, you can combine the two, love and a table, to create a family heirloom that will last almost forever.

Peggy and James (Nana and Papa to their grandkids) wanted a table for their home. Not a small table, not a medium table, but a really really big table. Of course it should be beautiful, and strong, but most importantly, it should fit their family of 15. All of them! Just one visit to their home in Highland Park, IL, told us how important their family is to them. Not only does Peggy collect hearts, but she collects and displays countless pictures of her children and their children, ensuring that smiles and happy memories surround them. We knew we had to craft a table round and strong, beautiful and enduring, and worthy of the strong bond of their close family.

 

That's Kalen. He's sanding. And sanding. Then later he'll do some sanding.

That's Kalen. He's sanding. And sanding. Then later he'll do some sanding.

The 3-inch thick top is old growth Douglas Fir floor joists from the Fletcher Oil Building in Michigan. For the 14" x 14" base we needed something massive. We used the biggest beam we could access, using old growth white oak from the Vilter building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

That wasn't all, though. Nana and Papa had a secret special plan for the base of the table.

Dori carves names of love into the base.

Dori carves names of love into the base.

To commemorate how dear their descendants are to them, each of their names were to be wood-burned into the base of the table. To accomplish this singular task, Heritage called a professional.  Dori is one of those creative people who do a lot of everything. Aside from pyrography (wood burning), Dori is a craftswoman who etches glass, creates culinary decor, and she is a competitive pumpkin carver. How cool is that? (studiodori.com)

Emily detailing the details in full Emily style. Shout out to Annie Sloan.

Emily detailing the details in full Emily style. Shout out to Annie Sloan.

The real challenge with the table was the timing. We needed to have it all ready by early February, in time for their annual Valentine's Day family dinner. Of course, that didn't trip us up, we love a challenge at Heritage!

The under carriage. Simply love.

The under carriage. Simply love.

A lasting impression.

A lasting impression.

Signed, sealed, and delivered, the table is theirs. It warms our hearts to think of their treasured family sitting around their Heritage table sharing their lives. It won't ever be just a table, it is a true heirloom, so meaningful to all who are blessed to sit and make memories there.

Can't you just picture grandkids climbing underneath the table to see their names??

Can't you just picture grandkids climbing underneath the table to see their names??

From all of us at Heritage to all of you, especially Nana and Papa who know the meaning of true love, Happy Valentine's Day!