Richmond Elm Lives On in Town Hall Tables

August 30, 2016


Richmond, VT – On Friday August 12th, Vermont Tree Goods (VTG) of Bristol, Vermont delivered two custom live-edge conference tables to the Richmond Town Hall. The wood for these tables came from an Elm tree cut down by the Town of Richmond last year after it sadly succumbed to Dutch elm disease. The tree lived on Tilden Avenue for over a century and was affectionately named The Tilden Elm.

The Tilden Elm log was delivered last summer by the Town’s highway department to VTG’s sawmill where it was cut into a number of large slabs. These slabs were air dried for many months and then finished their curing in an on-site kiln. The Town then chose the two pieces they liked best, giving VTG the go-ahead to craft them into their final form. The stunning tables are approximately nine feet long and up to four feet wide. Not only is each top made from a beautiful single slab of wood, each also includes butterfly inlays that will help maintain the integrity of the tables for years to come.

VTG was hired for the project because of their unique lumber mill and saw.  Their oversized equipment allows VTG to salvage large heirloom trees that have reached the end of their growing years and convert them into furniture that will last for generations. You can see their furniture in person at the Vermont Tree Goods Showroom at 27 Main Street in Bristol and on their website

The new conference tables will be used for board and commission meetings at the Richmond Town Hall. Their arrival was officially acknowledged at the August 15th selectmen’s meeting.

Tilden Elm in 2012

Tilden Elm in 2012


Richmond Town Manager, Geoffrey Urbanik accepting the town

Richmond Town Manager, Geoffrey Urbanik accepting the town’s new tables from Vermont Tree Goods’ owner John Monks