by Conor McGlauflin
I lived at 1033 Washington Street in Bath for six years before I really got to know the home, 30 feet up on pump jack staging from the 70s. My arms were covered in layers of history - first the latex from the last painters coat, then the lead from the old timers in the 50s, and finally the milk paint from the very beginning.
Until that moment I had only inhabited, enjoying the security and grander of the house through the eyes of one who appreciates the result, not toils in its making or survival. But as the sander carved away and the bare wood showed through, a new perspective emerged, one of fascination and respect for its construction. It was built in 1852 by Galen Moses, a ship captain, and the architecture and details of the building are the work of boat builders.
Seven years later I found myself visiting 1033 for a week and on a trip down to the basement for beer I noticed a old door and beam sitting unused. So began the 1033 table, whose design was entirely driven by materials I took from the house. The centerpiece is an interior door, the two legs are constructed with 6x6 inch beams from the basement, and the cross beam is made from an old staircase beam.
Today the table is used as a workspace, a cutting board, and a place to gather and eat with friends.