My husband doesn't very often see something that he 'has to have', but yesterday he found this old butcher's block pushed to the back of a second hand furniture shop.
It's huge and heavy and old. It must weigh about 300kg. We recruited a few friendly neighbours to help us move it up two lots of stairs into the house. I'm not so sure how friendly they'll be next time we see them, and indeed if they'll ever walk up right again.
It may not be to everyone's aesthetic cup of tea but we love it. My photos are in reverse, going from its jazzed up state to its raw beauty. It's very Shaker-ish in its simplicity. The top is not hollow, as with many butcher's blocks but solid timber.