From Tree To Table

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.

I found modern stainless-steel legs to make this table a very contemporary decor element.

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






  1. September 19, 2019

    What a beautiful table! I would love to have this in my dining room!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  2. September 26, 2019

    Hi Susan, It’s beautiful! We keep talking about a live edge table to put behind our couch, but haven’t found just the right one. Enjoyed reading about Arbutus trees – I’d never heard of them. xo Nipa

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