Urban Logging/Slab Vocab

Here at Maryland Wood Countertops/OE Custom we practice in the process of Urban Logging. We work very closely with local tree companies, governments and land owners to put trees that would normally be placed in a waste stream to good use(countertops and furniture). Urban logs are trees that are not of a certain caliber normally sent to a conventional mill. MD Wood Countertops/OE Custom owns and operates a large bandsaw mill that can cut logs up to 72″ in diameter. All of our lumber is air dried and or kiln dried very slowly to drop the moisture content down to ideal levels of 6-10%.

What Does Live Edge Mean?

Live edge or natural edge is a style of furniture where the woodworker incorporates the natural edge of the wood into the design of the piece. Live edge furniture often incorporates gnarly wood with a lot of unique character and color providing a one of a kind piece.

Single Slab or a Bookmatched Pair?

Single slab is the full cut of a tree so both sides of the slab have a Live Edge. Depending on the tree and project a single slab can sometimes be difficult to achieve. Large kitchen islands are often much wider then what a tree can provide.

Bookmatching is the process of adjoining two wood surfaces to mirror each other, thus giving the impression of an opened book.The two adjoining surfaces are produced from the same piece of wood, so that they have (almost) exactly the same appearance, but mirrored. This allows the surface to appear as a single piece of wood.

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