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live edge coffee table, American Black Walnut
This wood comes from a beautiful walnut tree in Michigan. I had the honor of milling all the slabs from this tree with my Alaskan mill, and then drying them over the summer in my solar kiln. There is something special about being a part of the provenance of a piece like this, working with it from fresh cut, to dried, to formed into its final shape over the course of a year and a half.
It's difficult to see in the photos, but the small crack in the end is filled with clear epoxy. Things like this used to be seen as imperfections, but are now special features in this type of furniture. When handled with respect and care, these things speak to the authenticity and genuine qualities of hand made furniture as well as making each piece utterly unique. The Japanese would call this "Wabi Sabi," and it is a highly desired trait.
This table features a finish treatment consisting of food contact-safe, high-end oil wax coats, then topped with ceramic base and top coats. My finishing process takes about 3 weeks alone. The longer that each coat dries before the next is applied, the better quality of the protection and appearance. My process allows for full cure in between every coat, allowing the full potential of the finishes to be realized. This is something that separates good tables from excellent tables. With a little patience, something ordinary becomes extraordinary.
The top quality legs are sourced from Flowyline Design. The best product and service of this type I have encountered, period. I cannot say enough good things about this company.
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