Live Edge

Live edge slabs are plainsawn from a tree to include the outer sap wood, or live section of the tree, and the internal heartwood.  Cutting a log in this manner typically reveals the best graining and figuring as apposed to quartersawn planks that reveal a ribbon grain.  The sap wood provides an interesting contrast to the finished heartwood.  Species such as walnut offer a bright sapwood in contrast to the dark heartwood.

Live edge furniture features the slab as a table top or island top.   The wood is finished with oils or a wiping varnish to bring out the natural beauty of the wood grain.  The top may consist of a single slab or two slabs cut from the same tree that are book matched together forming a mirror image of the grain.