Earthy, textural, and rich — live-edge furniture has it all. A technique that emerged after the Arts and Crafts era, it shows off the relatively unrefined beauty of wood, highlighting its burrs, grains and knots. Sometimes it’s as understated as a shelf or bar with a bark-clad edge. Other times it’s as organic as a cross-cut slab made into a table or bench.
Here in our Portland salvage department we were lucky enough to happen upon some amazing slabs.
This piece of curly maple was in the truck of a picker who had come to sell us something else entirely. Keen-eyed Justin spotted the mud encrusted wood that he was going to throw out! With patience and diligence — he cleaned it and painstakingly applied many layers of Danish oil and spar varnish. A couple of chunky industrial legs and it makes a unique cocktail table or bench for your entry way.
This redwood burl is a mid-century unused slab sourced locally. We refinished the top to bring out all of its rich color and patterning and added those skinny retro legs to bring back that mid-century modern look. We have it displayed in a vignette that’s a mix of traditional furniture and salvage pieces and it looks dynamite!
Consider capturing a little Mother Nature with the organic beauty of a live edge in your home!