Sometimes you get involved in something and it can be hard to pull yourself out of it. Now I, too, like dozens of other craftsmen, have been sucked into this “live edge” furniture craze. Just two weeks ago, as I was leaving church, someone came up and handed me a program, on the back of which was sketched out a rough plan for an entertainment cabinet with bookcases. Next to the drawing was scrawled the words, “Love Live Edges”, and unknown to the person who gave me the sketch, I had just started making my first live edge coffee table to go in a home in El Paso which is 600 miles away, so I don’t think it is something in the drinking water. Must be that wave of Urban Naturalism sweeping over our cities. For more on urban naturalism, you can checkout “Toward An Urban Naturalism” by Christopher Smith.
While vacationing on the West Coast, the couple I am making this coffee table for stumbled upon an Urban Hardwoods showroom in San Francisco. Urban Hardwoods specializes in making live edge tables using slabs milled from trees that have been taken down in urban areas and often rescued from going into landfills. They must be doing a good business since they have locations in three major cities.
“Can you make us a live edge coffee table using a native Texas wood?”, my clients asked. “ We really want a piece of the Texas Hill Country in our home.”
Anyway, I did find some lovely material, a pair of book-matched mesquite slabs that I knew would make a striking top with live edges.
Next thing was to design an interesting and appropriate base to go with these slabs. I wanted something that was sculptural and organic with some light coming through it. Here is what I arrived at.
The following photos show the coffee table as it was being built.
Coming very soon are photos of the finished table. To see more of my work, please visit my Furniture Gallery.