I can’t even begin to tell you how long I’ve been waiting to share this post.
Honestly, I’ve been waiting since long before I even had a blog.
You see, I had this kitchen table (click here for the back story). And I’ve been wanting a new one for what felt like forever. I love to entertain, and ours just wasn’t big enough. But I had young children who like to destroy things (like beautiful new kitchen tables).
And so I waited.
Until one night, when Ed surprised me by saying he had ordered me a new one. A rustic, reclaimed, big one, made from wood salvaged from a barn. Just like I’d been wanting.
We headed over to Titus Ray Marshall’s shop to pick our wood and finishing. And I fell even more in love.
You will too when you read his story. I’ll let him tell it in his own words.
“I’m originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I didn’t grow up knowing my dad and my mother was killed in a car accident when I was 15. I lived with some family for a while and when was 18 moved up to MN with my best friend’s family. They couldn’t handle the cold and after 1 year moved back south. I stayed and have fallen in love with the seasons, standard of living and of course, my wife Brittany, who I met at church. We were married 2 years ago in a barn (of course!).
I’ve always been handy and have worked with tools my whole life. When Brittany and I got married and started putting our house together she showed me pictures of a table she’d wanted for 4 years. Looking at the price I knew I could make it cheaper. Her grandfather gave me the lathe he used for years so I could learn to spin the legs for the coffee table she wanted. I spent a several days practicing and perfecting the skill and soon after built her the table she’d been wanting. After that I was hooked. People started asking me to build them tables and commented that I should start making them to sell. So I did and am just starting the full blown “commercial” side of building tables which is a new adventure for us but very exciting!
We are passionate about the work being done in Thailand with Compasio and part of our profits from each table go to support the work they are doing there. Our dream would be to get to a place where we could train youth in Thailand (possibly with Compasio as it’s been mentioned) or other regions in the world the woodworking skill. Teaching them a trade and working alongside them to transform their lives in both the spiritual and physical sense.”
One of Titus’ favorite parts of his job is meeting the people he gets the barn wood from – he loves learning about the farm and hearing their memories tied to it, and seeing how excited they get to keep the legacy going. I know I’m excited to be a part of that legacy. My table came with a packet explaining its history – ours is from a 1930s era barn in Hector, MN.
And I can’t wait to make memories around our table for years to come.
Below are some photos from Titus’ process, as well as the table that ended up at my home! You’ll have to excuse my exuberance, and over abundance of pictures – I wanted to share a million of them with you. Can you see why I’m so excited?!
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