We also design and craft natural wood coffee tables in natural rustic furniture design using salvaged live edge wood slabs, which are ethically sourced from dead-standing trees, logs, and stumps on the forest floor. Wood species such as redwood burl, maple burl, and claro walnut, among others, are commonly used. We hand-select the best natural wood slabs by working closely with arborists, loggers, and wood mills. Many clients ask us about the drying process. We believe drying wood long and slow is the best. The average is one year per inch thickness minimum, depending on the wood species. Kiln drying has its place, but only after adequate air drying. Also, if you wish to kiln dry, we suggest a solar kiln.
Natural wood coffee tables
With the growth of the internet, we suggest asking simple questions. How are your wood slabs or material sourced? With a growing issue of burl theft worldwide, you want to buy from trusted sources. We also prefer to only use ethically sourced wood harvested from dead-standing trees, selective harvesting. Another good question is, how long have you been in business? Also, how was the wood dried and stored? We believe in air drying over kiln drying. We believe it boils down to a relationship.
Live edge tables
Rustic coffee table
Each of our natural wood coffee tables is one of a kind and features the wood’s organic movement—this upscale style of custom rustic furniture was made famous by George Nakashima and his mid-century furniture designs. Natural wood coffee tables can have a live edge, but may also have clean lines. The organic movement of the live edge slab coffee tables combined with a root base calms the soul. The clean line, the natural shape, and the wood are the shining moments. Either way, the warmth and stability of real natural wood furniture shine through.
Natural wood furniture
This wood coffee table style is also called a rustic coffee table. Driftwood roots and stumps are the foundations of our rustic coffee table. Driftwood and tree stump bases highlight the natural live edge of the wood slab top. The organic movement and grayish-brown color tones define the space they reside in. Rustic is a loose term that can sometimes be considered raw or unfinished. At Littlebranch, we craft rustic elegance by finding the balance between nature and elegant natural wood furniture. We also have optional hand-forged metal bases. We use our blacksmith to forge, pound, and twist the metal to craft these bases. Because of the metal heating, each base will vary in color.
Live edge coffee table
In 2001, the live edge furniture series by custom furniture maker Kelly Maxwell started to form. It made perfect sense as tree slabs, or live edge wood was readily available. Our rustic style live edge furniture incorporates natural wood slabs. The live edge table is a part of this design.