LIVE EDGE TABLES
A live edge table in your home or office makes a statement. It shows an appreciation for the beauty of wood and nature, and lets visitors know that the owner appreciates modern design. People will remember your space and the choices you made in designing it.
I like to engage potential customers and ask them exactly what they're looking for. Where is the piece going? What size were you looking for? Would you like something more rustic looking or more refined? I can then envision what the final piece will look like. At this point I like to collaborate with the client; inviting them to look at potential slabs in my inventory. At times I've even brought clients along to look at slabs at the lumber yard. It has always proven to be an enjoyable experience. It gives them a hands-on approach to choosing their slab and makes them feel more involved in the process. Below are some examples of pieces I have made.
This side table can be custom-made with varying options. I prefer side tables made from the crotch wood of a tree, as that is where the wildest grain lies. The one pictured is black walnut with three rosewood butterfly keys. It sits on 3 iron hairpin legs. This piece is finished with tung oil, for a finish that showcases the beauty of the grain, but also can be easily renewed or repaired.
Occasional tables can be used as coffee tables, end tables, or anywhere in a home or place of business where they might be useful. Rosewood butterfly keys have been added here for support and aesthetics. This particular walnut table now sits in the waiting area of an upscale beauty salon.
Sometimes it pays to get creative with table bases. I made this walnut desktop and decided to pair it with a vintage Singer sewing machine base, since the space the desk was going in had many wrought iron accents. The result was a great reception desk for a high-end salon. Five rosewood butterfly keys adorn this desktop, with a succession of three adding unique flair.
There are many different species of wood available for your project. I was lucky enough to come across some old-growth redwood burl that a local sawmill had. This slab is just beautiful. I paired it with a vintage Adrian Pearsall table base for a one-of-a-kind coffee table that simply glows. Two large rosewood butterfly keys span the gap on one side of the table, providing strength and visual interest.