20 Feb The Endless Search: Live Edge Wood
All photos are courtesy of Jeff Saxman of Saxman Photography.
When you shop for these exotic woods, you’ll be looking at unfinished raw wood like this maple. An expert refinisher will work with you on getting the finish you want—plain old varnish, stain, or even more advances bleach washes.
While selecting live edge wood, it’s important to make sure it’s been properly dried for indoor use. “Eight to 9 percent moisture rating is the range for Richmond”, says Seth Woods of Woods Refinishing and Restoration. There is a great debate among wood workers as to whether the wood should be kiln-dried or air-dried.
Some of my favorite places for finding exotic lumber include Exotic Woods in Annapolis, Md. And Woods Refinishing and Restoration here in town.
Walnut is a beautiful dark wood. It’s hard to find it wide enough for a table, but two pieces from the same tree can be joined with the grains matching for a flawless look.