I want to repair it
The benches and tables were "rustic" style: wooden slabs. Ours had a chunk taken out of the surface (see between my fingertips, in the photo) -- and it appears that our "slab" table top is actually covered in a veneer.
Someone had tried to putty the hole up -- but it didn't work.
I actually know how to repair these things properly. But: not my table.
It was very unsatisfying to not be able to repair the hole.