A “live” edge is the uncut side of a piece of lumber, or slab. Folks will sometimes even leave the bark for character, but most often that is removed. I could go either way!
You can get live edge lumber (or slabs) in any species. But, some will finish much nicer than others. A couple of the more popular live edge slab species to work with are cherry and black walnut. Live edge slabs are 2-4 times more expensive than typical lumber you might buy so keep that in mind. Live edge slabs also take more time / effort to work on.
There’s no denying the natural beauty of live edge slabs. You can do all sorts of crazy things with slabs; you’re only limited by your own imagination (or mine, hah)!
Check out this project for Jay and Brewery Silvaticus for example:
What would you do with a live edge slab?? (comment below)
-Mr Dana (Owner & Maker)