It’s no secret that my counter tops take their inspiration from Northampton Coffee. I love that place, and in part the level of care and energy that went into creating an environment that reflects the spirit of the place. Example: no art on the walls because the coffee is meant to be the art.
Researching their counters brought me to the furthest corner of Massachusetts on a cold wet day. I wanted large, thick, rough-edged, local wood. I found two beautiful slabs of red oak, both from New England. I fell in love, wrote a check for a very reasonable sum (I think it was $140 for one, and $160 for the other), strapped them to my car, and I was off. (more pictures after the break)