The natural beauty of live edge wood
The term live edge refers to the living part of the tree. The log is cut into slabs, and the whole slab is used, leaving on the natural edge. When you look at a piece of live edge furniture, you can imagine or maybe even see the living tree that produced the wood for the item. Looking at the edges of the piece, the thick, rough texture of the tree’s surface is apparent. The source of the wood slab is visible for us to enjoy.
Although live edge wood is often associated with rustic decor, live edge pieces can actually fit in with any decorating style. The natural beauty of wood and the principles of craftsmanship can find a home in any space.
Working with live edge wood is a very creative process that integrates form with function. The wood acts as a partner in the creation of the furniture. Working in partnership with the wood, the woodworker finds in the wood how it fits into the particular piece of furniture. The piece creates itself around the unique live edge. It takes practice and understanding of the live edge process to work in balance with the wood.
Using reclaimed live edge wood for your pieces exhibits an appreciation for natural beauty and shows high regard for ecological values.