This is Jack: Jack Hunt owns and runs a building and development company in St Albans, Belvont Homes, and is one of Darren's brother's oldest friends. He has also provided unbelievable back up and expert support all through this build process, as well as invaluable (necessary? vital?) supplier advice and information. He's also an incredibly talented carpenter. So when we asked him, if, on top of all the help and phone calls all through this year, if he might maybe make our dining table as well, we were extremely grateful when he said yes.
Before: Our first table in the chalet was made by Darren's brother and cousins back in February this year, so we felt it was appropriate and frankly the only way to go down the same handmade route again for the forever table. But maybe this time *not* made out of some chipboard found in the chalet storeroom, and some bits of wood found in a hole underneath. Maybe something more stable and attractive for guests…and given that as far as we're concerned all the best (and worst? mmmm marmite French onion soup. No thank you) skiing memories are made around the dining table, this table needs to be bl*&dy good.
To Begin With: Darren went to the sawmill in Hertfordshire with Jack and his brother last week to choose and buy the wood. It's the most incredible oak, ironically sourced from France, bought in Hertfordshire, fashioned into a table and then will be shipped back to France again.
And Then: Sadly we had to fly to France (to meet with electrician, meet with marbrerie man to measure marble kitchen work surface, research shower screens, finish making outside steps) so had to miss out on the actual creation bit. Jack and Ollie spent Saturday making the *most* beautiful table in Darren's parent's garage, like this: