The Edge Everyone is Talking About: Live-edge

Live-edge, natural edge, bark edge, live surface - we hear many terms to describe this edge detail. If you are unfamiliar with the concept, however, it can be frustrating to describe. All terms mean the same thing - leaving the outside surface of the tree intact when milling lumber. 

Not only is this a unique design, it’s also creates a lot of visual interest in the space. Throughout the years, we have had a series of different wood species with the live-edge surface and have helped clients bring their showstopping spaces to life. On a consistent basis however, we supply Live-edge Ambrosia and Black Walnut to craft countertops and tables, as well as Live-edge Eastern Red Cedar for mantels. 

To showcase the beauty of natural edge surfaces and to discover ways to bring the curves into your space, we’ve compiled a list from several great projects. 

This mantel is crafted with Eastern Red Cedar and was bleached to remove the red coloring.

Builder: Adam Swan

Builder: Adam Swan

This customer created visual interest on the hightop of his island bar with a Live-edge surface then kept the bottom area with a straight edge. We thought his strategy was very creative!


Another showstopping Black Walnut countertop that is complete with Live-edge surface and a waterfall drop.

Builder:  Timberlane Homes

Builder: Timberlane Homes

And Live-edge countertops aren’t just reserved for the kitchen. This client created a modern vibe in their bathroom.

Builder: Timberlane

Builder: Timberlane

Everyone needs a good workspace nook and Live-edge helps reduce those Monday blues.

When you gather for a drink or two at The Falls Bar in Athens, you can take in the view of the waterfall and this 30’ Spalted Live-edge Sycamore Table. Impress your date with your knowledge of wood by reading this Instagram post about the spalting process.

Builder: Strategic Development

Builder: Strategic Development

Speaking of dates, do you fancy throwing axes while grabbing a drink? A new bar in Athens, GA opened called Lumberjaxe where you can enjoy yourself and throw an ax or two. They outfitted the entire place with wood details and Live-edge Ambrosia bar tops.

Whether you are gathering for a conference meeting or a meal, bring in the beauty of nature to inspire creative conversation with a Live-edge Table.

Wood furniture and art from Water's Edge Woods

There is nothing like getting into nature to rest the mind and soul. Get some good R&R with a bed built from Live-edge Walnut.


Can’t get enough? (Neither can we.) While we didn’t have the privilege of making the countertop for this awe-inspiring kitchen, we love the pop of the large Black Walnut island top.

Ready to bring the live-edge surface into your space? Click below to get a quote and start making your dream home a reality. 

Colleen Tatum