Favorite Things Prized Possessions You Can’t Live Without

Favorite Things: Prized Possessions You Can’t Live Without

April 4, 2014 

Katie Thompson of Holly Springs found the wood for this butcher block in her parents’ barn.


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The story behind this butcher block is as wonderful as the piece itself. A dozen years ago my brother and I were mulling around our parents’ barn in New Brunswick, Canada. For the first time I noticed the step into the feed room was this beautiful, centuries-old chunk of wood. I knew right then it would be an amazing table top. “If only I could find some legs,” I said to my brother. Not five minutes later we located four old, oak table legs, casters and all! I trucked the lot 1,000 miles back to North Carolina, where the late Don Marchese of Holly Springs assembled it all into this most treasured family heirloom.

Katie Thompson, Holly Springs

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