In early July I had the pleasure of returning to Peters Valley School of Craft in New Jersey to teach a class on live edge furniture. Live edge furniture, also known as natural edge furniture is furniture that celebrates wood in its most dramatic, organic and irregular way — by showing off bark, spalted areas and cracks. When designing a live edge piece, one has the luxury of stepping back from the traditional role of a sole designer, and letting the natural properties of the slab take the lead. This is both an exciting and humbling experience, as you allow the essence of the tree to be your co-designer.
My group at Peters Valley was very diverse. Some of my students had experience with woodworking while others were beginners. A few had actually milled their own slabs. They milled the slab during Peters Valley’s wood milling class. They let them air dry for two years before bringing the slabs back to our class.