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My life as an OLYMPIC PICNIC TABLE

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You have probably never heard of me? My story is really fantastic from birth in Africa to my current location at Sir John Fitzgerald's The Green Pub on the way into Newcastle from Sunderland.

Some 80 or so years ago I sprang from the dry, dusty earth on the Ivory Coast in Africa. A small insignificant sapling, nibbled by various animals, never fortunately trodden on – growing slowly I eventually matured into a very large IROKO tree, I am classified as a very durable hardwood with similar characteristics to my rich cousin Tectona Grandis otherwise known as TEAK.

I grew up in mixed woodland and when eventually found to be ready for harvesting was felled, trimmed and taken to a large sawmill for sawing into 50mm planks to be shipped off to England and then kiln dried to meet the requirements of my new owners. Carefully packaged, wrapped in heavy plastic to protect me after a long and bumpy journey in a strange steel box I suddenly found myself looking into a caring gaze of British Craftsmen at Solid Oak Hardwood Furniture in Hartlepool.

I was unpacked, had small pieces of timber slipped between my layers to allow air to circulate and me to adjust to this strange new land, brr it's very cold here. Men carried me around, eyed me up and down, checked to ensure I was straight and true then carefully with the most amazing concern for my welfare proceeded to mark, cut, shape and transform me and my friends into the most wonderful Picnic Tables. Very Heavy and because of the hand sanding beautifully smooth and silky. All my screws, are hidden carefully under matching dowels, Stainless Steel Coach bolts keep me together and as you can see from the picture at the top of this page I LOOK FANTASTIC.

I would love to see you soon, sit on my warm tactile seats, enjoy a bite of lunch, a glass of something maybe? But most of all – like my creators, appreciate from where I once began and when in 25 or so years my life here is done I can be recycled and my carbon footprint (never knew I had one of those) is virtually zero.

See you soon?

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