Live Edge Slabs Process
The story behind the “live edge” style of woodwork was accidentally introduced during America’s beginnings inside of log cabins when settlers came to build homes on new territory and the family needed functional furniture. Due to precious time and necessity, trees were simply sawn into one-piece unfinished slabs to build basic furniture, including tabletops. Most recently, a Japanese American architect and craftsman, George Nakashima, perfected the craft and was the father of the “live edge rebirth era” in the 1940s. Since then, this style has continued to soar in popularity and remains very trendy.
A gorgeous live edge hardwood piece, otherwise known as a “slab” can be incorporated into a variety of settings and spaces for your household or business. Milled wide plank or butcher block style tables and benches seem to be most common, but live edge adds a new type of character. Also, use your imagination and pair the room with a live edge cutting board, shelf, mantle, countertop, desktop, headboard, or a kitchen island. If you love the rustic look and feel, don’t stop at one purchasing option because the possibilities are endless. A live edge slab maintains the natural beauty of the forest by preserving the tree in its circumferential entirety with the outer corners of the visible tree trunk. According to the name, live edge, the Native Spirit of the wood is kept “alive” and the edges of the tree are left untouched. A live edge design is great for those who want to own one-of-a-kind furniture.