Bringing Walden Pond Back To My Living Room

A creative coffee table tells a thousand stories

Christopher Lancette
For Awe
Published in
5 min readDec 14, 2021

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A glass-topped coffee table with side glass pull-out doors is adorned with a variety of items picked up off the ground at Walden Pond. It’s filled with acorns, twigs, railroad spikes, pinecones, photos of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin area, an image of the original cover of Walden Pond and more.
A coffee table two years in the making, waiting for its time to come to life. Photo by Christopher Lancette.

I’m sauntering by the site of Henry David Thoreau’s house (he never called it a cabin) at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts — diligently picking up all kinds of objects from the ground and depositing them in a nylon bag.

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Christopher Lancette
For Awe

Maryland/D.C. journalist turned environmental comms guy turned estate liquidator turned journalist/enviro again. Nature. Sports. Essays. The meaning of things.