This antique style drop leaf dining table is hand-crafted in England from solid cherry by a team of master craftsmen. From the techniques used to the materials themselves, this drop leaf dining table exhibits the highest level of quality available in the world of antiques and reproductions. The selection of solid cherry displays a striking grain and rich, lustrous complexion, complemented by a lovely border of optional flame mahogany, satinwood, rosewood or yew wood, and a hand-distressed, spokeshaven (or hand-planed) surface. Spokeshaving is an old furniture-making technique that English craftsmen have been using for many centuries, extending far back before sanding became popular alongside this ancient, time-honored technique. The sturdy legs are available in a variety of types, including round turned, square-tapered, French and twist, while the skirt on either table end is shaped quite beautifully.The great advantage of the English drop leaf dining table–also known as a loper table or Irish wake table–is that the leaves drop down to the sides for easy movement, storage, and versatile utility. Whether used in dining, as a sideboard or a hall table, this table offers three useful positions: both leaves up, one leaf up, and both leaves down. This strong drop leaf table will last for centuries, continuing to grow more beautiful all the while, so taking one of these English tables home with you would be a real investment!