What is a live edge?

 

A live edge is a finished piece of furniture (or more simply a piece of lumber) that retains the outer contour of the tree.  Typically the bark is removed down to the sap wood of the tree, but the natural contour remains.  Most lumber that you buy has this edge cut off early on in the milling process because a rough, curved and uneven edge is not useful in typical building applications like houses or cabinetry.  However, in the art world a live edge is a remarkable design element that can be utilized in many forms of furniture and woodturning.  I will talk more later this week about my design philosophy in regards to live edges.  In the meantime, here is a link to a video where you can see live edge slabs being made.

 

  A live edge bowl made from oak that I made way back in college.

A live edge bowl made from oak that I made way back in college.

   live edge version of  Soren  done in black walnut.

 live edge version of Soren done in black walnut.

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