September 08, 2023 2 min read
A live edge slab is essentially a plank cut from a tree with its natural edges still intact, ranging in size from six feet wide to just six inches. They are used for various projects, from bar tops and coffee tables to floating shelves and bookshelves. In this blog post, we will explore the various aspects of crafting with Live Edge slabs, including the popular use of Black Walnut, different applications, sourcing, and more.
With about 75% of projects incorporating it, Black Walnut stands out as a favorite. Residents of the Midwest are especially privileged. Black walnut isn’t just one of the most common trees in this region—it’s also one of the biggest nuisances. Why? The walnuts.
Many homeowners are all too familiar with the experience of these nuts impeding their lawnmower's progress, clogging gutters, or even the acidic nature of the walnut killing off patches of their grass. These issues lead to an influx of walnut logs to craftsmen from the city, harvested from trees removed for various reasons.
From the organic curves to the rich textures, live edge slabs are incredibly versatile. Some of the most common applications include:
But, the possibilities don't end there. The real potential of these slabs emerges when customers come up with unique ideas, and craftsmen, with the right tools, bring them to life.
Live edge slabs have been steadily gaining popularity, and it's easy to see why. Incorporating one of these pieces into your space adds a distinct, organic touch that a standard piece of furniture just can't match.
Plus, knowing that the wood possibly comes from a tree in your own neighborhood makes it all the more special. Live Edge brings a little piece of nature into your home for you and future generations to appreciate.
We take great pride in sourcing all our trees within Kansas City proper. These aren't just any logs; they're salvage logs primarily derived from tree removals, storm damage, and land clearing. It's all part of our commitment to sustainability and community enhancement.
Over the years, the process of sourcing these logs has led to the cultivation of invaluable relationships. These range from tree removal companies and organic recycling centers to land clearing firms and homeowners.
For instance, recent storms in Kansas City provided an opportunity to source numerous logs. While some of these logs, unfortunately, suffer too much damage to be repurposed, the effort is always to maximize the use of every single log retrieved.
The live edge slab is not merely a trend. It's a testament to nature's beauty, versatility, and resilience. Whether you're an admirer of rustic charm or someone who values sustainability and repurposing, live edge furniture offers something truly special. Embrace it, and let a piece of the natural world enrich your living spaces.
If you’re interested in incorporating live edge slabs into your life, feel free to reach out. Let's bring your dream project to life, one slab at a time!