Live Edge Wood Countertops

Live Edge Wood Desktops and Countertops
Design by Venegas and Company, Boston for This Old House® Cape Ann Project | Photography credit Jared Kuzia

Live Edge Wood Countertops embrace nature with their unique organic shape. Live edge refers to the bark side of a piece of lumber. The edge is not sawn, and the natural shape of the tree remains.

Live Edge Wood Countertop

The bark is carefully removed to ensure the natural curves of the original tree are left intact. This style of millwork is treasured by clients wanting to introduce organic elements into their home.

Slabs for Live Edge Wood Countertops

Live Edge Wood Counter for a Kitchen Island
Design by Christopher Peacock for the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Live Edge Wood Countertop
Slabs for Live Edge Wood Countertops are treated very differently than typical lumber stock. Thick slabs are often patiently air dried slowly to avoid cracking of the wood. The wood can take up to five years to dry prior to entering a kiln for final drying.

In addition, the stock is often carefully sorted and tracked so like boards from the same tree are group accordingly. It is this time-consuming process that warrants the prices that live edge wood countertops command.

Designing with Live Edge Wood Countertops

Live Edge Wood Vanity Top for a Bathroom
Design by Venegas and Company, Boston for This Old House® Cape Ann Project | Photography credit Jared Kuzia

Designing with live edge wood countertops is not for the faint of heart and is best done with the assistance of an experienced designer. Only an experienced eye can foresee the beauty a raw slab will take after finish sanding and sealing.

Live Edge Wood Top for a Bar
Design by Cabinet-S-Top for the Home and Garden Show

Live edge counters are suitable for a traditional, transitional, or contemporary design. We have created live edge counters for use as bar top and kitchen countertops, often with incorporated sinks. The process for selecting a live edge wood countertop is slightly longer than our typical 2-to-3-week lead time. Prior to production, the clients must choose and approve the actual raw slab, in person or via photographs.

Live Edge Wood Countertop Finish

Waterproof Finished Live Edge Wood Countertops

The raw wood of live edge countertops is noticeably improved, and the beautiful grain is revealed after finishing. The wood can contain imperfections, cracks, and irregular edges that embrace the natural form. During the finishing process, careful attention is paid to ensure the countertop is properly sealed. Every nook and crevasse is checked to ensure our Durata® finish is evenly applied.

Live Edge Wood Tabletop for a Restaurant in New Jersey
Design by Catelli Duo; a restaurant in New Jersey

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