Re-forming the forest
Over the past 15 years I have been building tables from the trees from the forest around my house. I use mainly dead trees that have fallen and large branches that have come down during the many storms that are common in this area of the United States. My forested area is mostly oak with a few hickory trees here and there and an occasional maple. I slice the trees (they tend to be small no more than 6 inches in diameter) into pancakes about 1 inch thick. I adhere these to something stable like plywood. I fill in the gaps with a mixture of sawdust and wood glue and let it dry. I route down the surface and frame it in with other woods that I have prepared from larger logs and sliced up on my band saw. The surface of the table is rather unique and a surface that you can't help but run your hands over to feel the texture. It is never quite perfectly flat, will crack over time and it shows the beauty of an end-grain cut to the wood.