We have a unique, and rather rare, dining room table: it’s a live-edge Arbutus.
British Columbia’s noble Arbutus (Arbutus menzeisii) is Canada’s only native broad-leafed evergreen tree. Found in the dry southeast regions of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and parts of the lower mainland, these distinctive, sun-loving trees cling to rocks near the ocean, thrive in nutrient-poor soil, and endure gale-force winds. Arbutus trees are known for their twisted branches and peeling bark.
The wood for our table came from about a mile away when a very old (100+ years) and large Arbutus blew down in a storm. It was atypical because most of these magnificent trees have short split trunks and twisty-turny branches. This tree trunk was both tall and wide, so perfect for joining two boards to create a tabletop. We watched it being milled into planks not far from where we live. This is locally sourced furniture at its finest.
Arbutus trees are Jay’s favourite. So when I saw this wood advertised, I knew we had to have it. Our new home has a new table, and we couldn’t be happier.
To read more about BC Arbutus: Vancouver Island Big Trees