Re-design with Live-Edge Wood
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Out with the old and in with the new – is normally the Spring-cleaning motto, now going into the Summer our motto at Woodstock is “freshen up the old and make it new!” Often overlooked, small wood products are probably all around your home. Often walked all over is solid wood flooring. However, people don’t often explore the true wondrous beauty wood has to offer.
Being quarantined at home, waking up surrounded by the same thing every day has us ready to freshen up our spaces. Bring life to any room with live-edge wood! Live-edge wood is named for the distinctive look that surfaces when a tree is cut to reveal its darker inner grain and it is outer, lighter sap all in one unique slab. Not only does each piece provide a natural, calming effect – each piece also promotes organic, green living.
Is all live-edge wood the same?
The faux answer is no, but the real answer is that each piece of wood is unique just like a fingerprint. Live-edge wood can come in many different species and sizes. While the natural grain of the wood shines through, the color of each slab changes after it is kiln dried. No matter what you choose, none will disappoint!
Live-edge wood in the home
Wood furnishings can be found in almost every home or building, and you are asking yourself what’s new about that? From hardwood floors to solid wood doors, you’re likely already surrounded by natural beauty. We want to help you get excited about wood again!
Live-edge wood slabs are a designer choice for dining and living room tables, office desks and mantels. Specifically, parota live-edge wood is ideal for dining with a conversion varnish finish to protect the table from spills and wear over time. Our expert advice is to find a large slab (that we have in stock!) that can be used to create multiple custom pieces such as a dining table, coffee and end tables or a countertop with a resin inlay adding contrast to the overall kitchen décor. For a desk, a 2-3” thick slab is preferable to ensure endurance over time and the ability to hold equipment.
Walnut live-edge wood is warm & inviting in any living room with its dark tones and beautiful patterns. Incorporating matching cookie cutter tables nicely compliments other modern decor. The round, smaller live-edge is a conversation starter because each cut shows the unique intricacies of the wood. Pairing a living room set with a live-edge mantel or floating shelf creates a complete design that adds both comfort and style.
Maple live-edge wood is a favorite for cutting boards. Maple is a hardwood that is extremely durable making it perfect for a long-lasting kitchen accessory. Due to its light-colored grain, stain applied to maple transforms it into many different shades from ebony to cherry.
Is live-edge wood expensive?
Live-edge wood is highly desirable for home and commercial décor. With people wanting the inside of the home flowing cohesively with the outdoor scenery, adding more unique wood features that tell a story is on an uptick. Not to mention, numerous craftsmen are needed to literally flip a slab and expert craftsmanship is needed to turn a slab and into an eye-catching piece. The cost for a gorgeous piece of live-edge furniture or décor in the home is truly worth it.
When shopping for live-edge wood keep in mind that pricing varies based on the species and availability. A large slab that is over 90” (7.5’) long typically sells around $1,500 as a raw, unfinished slab. A retail ready live-edge wood table with legs comfortably fits 6 people and on average costs $3,000. A custom dining table with details such as custom resin inlays typically is no more than $5,000.
Smaller center “cookie” cut tables with metal legs start as low as $350 up to $1,200 for a set of 3. Large center “cookie” cut tables as wide as 4’ and 3” thick or live-edge root-based tables can range from $1,500 to $2,500. We highly recommend getting a set for a unified design. Live-edge wood accessories such as a cutting board or small floating shelf, start as low as $300.
At Woodstock, we custom make live-edge products to order. We work side-by-side with you to produce the vision you have for your space. Why wait any longer to re-design your living room or kitchen with refreshing live-edge wood?