I headed straight for Kijiji expecting to find some old, vintage tables people were looking to sell. What I found instead was a great local cottage industry. Turns out there are several companies who make one of a kind tables from reclaimed wood, hand made and designed by local artisans. They struck me as pieces of usable art. I especially love the combination of the rustic tables with a clean, modern or contemporary decor. The contrast creates a wonderful dynamic.
The four pictures above are all from Tree Green Team. I love them all so much I can't decide which one is my favourite. Solid tree sized pieces of walnut, maple, and ash are used for these tables. The character of the wood is preserved by sealing with a clear finish, so what you see is the true colour and graining of the wood, no stains here. All of these tables showcase a "live edge", meaning the edge of the table is actually the edge of the tree, giving it an organic quality. Many of the bases are metal trestle type, letting the beauty of the wood top be the feature. Pairing them with mid century teak and wishbone chairs is brilliant. Here are the Kijiji links: Top Left & Right; Bottom Left & Right.
These 2 tables are made by AG Designs. The top of the leg comes right up to the top of the table, you can see the end grain and know it is a solid piece of wood. This is one of my favourite design details. The table on the left has not be made totally smooth on the top so the weathering this wood has experienced, as part of an old barn I am guessing, shows through. It is again paired with clean white minimalist chairs. Kijiji Link
Chaos Tables produces beautiful live edge tables as well. Here are two examples with an apron and 4 wood leg design. Kijiji Link
This table top is made from "wormy maple" by the Great Canadian Table Company. Kijiji Link
Which one is your favourite?