In many ways, what sets live edge tables apart from their mass-produced counterparts is being able to see the tree itself. At the end of the day, the high level of artisanship that goes into creating these masterpieces follows a single path back to the original tall timber. It takes the finest craftsmanship to perpetuate the very essence of the wood’s natural beauty and make that resonate in your furniture.
What Is A Live Edge Table?
It’s important to recognize that the term “live edge” refers to the creative process just as much as the style. Technically, live edge traces its roots back many years to the first person who hewed a tree slab and used it for a table. But, contemporary mastery grew to prominence during the 1940s.
Master craftsman George Nakashima touched off the process and product’s widespread popularity during the Arts and Crafts movement. He employed a blend of Japanese and American techniques to develop a style that embraced the organic beauty of the tree itself.
This look is accomplished by strategically allowing at least one natural edge to remain. It also showcases wood grain, knots, and aspects that mass-produced furniture might seek to sanitize. Live edge tables enjoy widespread appeal because they exemplify a return to nature’s beauty.
What Species of Wood Be Utilized?
Artfully-crafted live edge tables have become popular in many restaurants, hotels, and conference rooms because they allow for tremendous versatility. Furniture craftsman can work with any tree species to create a live edge table.
There are upwards of 600 species of oak ranging from darks to whites to reds. Soft wood, such as pine, run the gamut from light stock to pale yellow and even reddish brown. The difficulty in creating a live edge conference table is not the craftsman’s ability to work with a species type. The challenge will be selecting only the finest slabs that meet the needs of an interior décor.
Selecting knotty pine means showcasing an almost rustic style. Firm white oaks may come across as more conservative and add to the ambiance of a professional environment. Beech, for instance, enjoys a straight grain with a gentle hue and medium texture. Beech wood can be crafted to a formal table that juxtaposes the stylish live edge.
Another method that furniture artisans can bring to bear is seamlessly merging nearly identical slabs. In many cases, the dark center grain of back-to-back slabs can be joined to widen the live edge table. This also provides a darker center space that gives way to lighter stock and a live edge. This progression provides an appearance not found in more standardized tables.
Contact Wehrli Furniture For A Live Edge Table
The resurgence in live edge tables has led architects, business owners, and restaurateurs to incorporate the luster of these works into commercial settings. Their tremendous visual appeal tends to augment the look and feel of your space, and has prompted many to seek out this unique work and work with specialized furniture craftsmen to create unique works.
At Wehrli Furniture, our skilled craftsman can provide more information or a consultation at our Naperville facility. If you are considering a live edge table, contact us for an estimate today.