People reach out to us quite often to ask about having a live edge table made custom in New England. What they don’t often realize is that it can take dozens of phone calls and days to find the right material for their project. You can’t just go to the Live Edge Lumber store and find any specie of wood in the exact size that you want.
The closest thing a “Live Edge Lumber Store” is a company called Berkshire Products. They have fantastic customer service. At Cannon Hill, we love working with Berkshire Products and have made many beautiful, one of a kind live edge tables with their slabs. The best part about Berkshire Products from a sourcing standpoint is their up-to-date, photographed and measured inventory, and their responsive and helpful sales staff. The advanced feature helps us hone in on slabs that are best for any given project. When doing an advanced search on their website, it’s best to be open to all species of wood and to enter width and length ranges that are bigger than the finished project. It is also best to avoid indicating a thickness as this seems to take away viable options.
Berkshire Products slabs are well worth the money, but for some purposes, a lower cost live edge slab option can literally fit the bill. The next step is the smaller distributors and the “backyard” distributors. The smaller distributors are legitimate live edge businesses. They have websites, but they don’t update their inventory. Their quality is good, but their stock is limited. They sometimes deal in wider slabs, and exotic or expensive slabs, but carry about 1/50th the stock of Berkshire products so it’s more of a shot in the dark. On top of that, their costs are about the same as Berkshire, so it’s not really a money saver.
Next step down are the “backyard” live edge wood distributors. There are people we’ve found over the years through the grapevine or through Instagram or Craigslist. They don’t have websites, often times they only have facebook pages. These guys typically only have the capacity to deal in thinner slabs, so these are most likely “bookmatch” options for tables, which means 2,3,4 or more slabs are put together to achieve a width. The thing about sourcing from these distributors is that there is a range in how much info you can get about the slabs. Often their stacks are buried, they can’t pull all the slabs out to see (so the quality is unknown) and some of them don’t have proper kilns.
We’ve made beautiful tables from backyard distributors, but now we charge extra fees for sourcing and bookmatching because a LOT of extra time get spent on our end to save our clients money on the material.
If you’re thinking about a live edge project, give us a call at 857-576-2089 or email email@example.com, we’d be happy to walk you through sourcing options and pricing.