Table turns heads
By EMMA CORNFORD
IT WAS a nautically-themed evening, but a table was the star.
The 10.3-metre long captain's table, which takes pride of place in the renovated function room at Roches Family Hotel, is made from blackbutt and is believed to be the world's longest table made from a single slab of timber.
At the official opening of the room on Monday night, Spiro Notaras wore the captain's hat as it was Notaras Brothers who cut the slab to start the eight-month process of constructing the table.
The walls around the table are adorned with various maritime related paraphernalia, including water colour paintings of the North Coast Steam Navigation Company ships by local artist Malcolm Eggins, and a replica navigation wheel of the passenger ship Calatina by Maclean craftsman Gordon Law. Greg Ryan, who organised and embraced the nautically-themed renovation, was presented with a plaque to thank him for the tireless effort he put into the ambitious project.
"We felt the table in the room had to be a captain's table to fit in with the theme of shipping and boats so we thought we might as well make it as long as the room," he said.
"We looked at a few op- tions of doing it but then Spiro said if he could find a tree tall enough we should make it out of one slab so that's what we ended up doing."