The grain of a maple tree slab swirls fluidly, creating unique eye-catching patterns. No two slabs are exactly alike which is why some people feel strongly that they want to see the grain pattern of their slab before they buy it. This is only truly possible if you buy your slab from a large distributor like Berkshire Product.
Typically large commercial remodel or new construction projects go mostly with what's known as "commercial grade" furniture and millwork vendors. This means "you get what you get and you don't get upset". This make sense, of course. If you need to buy 40 tables for a large dining room, or 160 chairs, you can't have every piece be fine handmade furniture. Cannon Hill Woodworking is here for that accent piece or two, for that conference table, or private dining space, or welcome area table that you want people to see and go "Wow".
Elm is gorgeous. This elm slab is even more beautiful in person than it is in photos. Note, this is not the natural color of elm. Elm is a much lighter brown, and there are typically some vert subtle burnt orange undertones throughout. The slabs are clean, and the grain is really captivating without being over the top. The look of an elm slab will never get old. In this case, the client wanted a large live edge table, and they wanted to a specific dark color, but walnut was not quite the right color, and also walnut slabs are quire expensive.
This is a new classic. This is the future and the present of desks. This is work from home. This is what people want in their homes now. Gone are the giant clunker desks with cabinets and shelves up the wazoo. Gone are the popularity of veneers and cheap materials, of modularity and over-building, gimmicky mass-produced crap. This is what people want to be productive- they want something clean and inspiring, they want something natural and solid, they want something beautiful and modern. They want a laptop, and small plant and a notepad and they want to get to work. This is what's up.
The client grew up in the Berkshires and has since moved to North Carolina. This maple slab from Berkshire Products was a rare find, in that it was so wide and also short. The home was built in the mountains of North Carolina, so we shipped the table and apparently the first delivery truck that came to drop it off couldn't even make it up the mountain road. This table is an incredible maple, the grain pops magnificently with a Rubio oil "pure" finish. The bases were custom made as well for this top.
This is a simple, clean, sleek design that is still sturdy and prominent, flawless in every way. The stainless steel base was custom made in house and polished to perfection. The walnut top is a 1.625" thickness and has a lacquer spray finish, the most commercial of our finishes. The base is welded stainless steel, custom made to the specs of the designers who commissioned this table. We carefully protected the table and delivered it to a shipper on the Cape, and only a few days later received these photos of the table in Nantucket.
This is likely the most flawless live edge walnut slab we have ever encountered. Not a blemish! Not a crack, not a spot of bark! The walnut slab was originally twelve feet long. It was shipped to us by Berkshire Products after being carefully selected by the client who drove out to the Berkshires to see it in person. The plan for the table was to do a 7' base table, with two same-slab 18" extensions. There was a 24" offcut that we are going to turn into a coffee table. So when the extensions are on the table, it is 10' long and seats a minimum of 12.
This table is dark, but not quite as dark as the photos make it out to look. The stain is called "Ebony" which is a dark, dark brown and the top coat is an oil-based-urethane which gives it a little more of a satin sheen. This is a fairly straightforward, custom "modern farmhouse" table set. This style is becoming increasingly popular (trust us, we know!). It's something about the combination of the old wood, with all it's incredible character, and the modern look of metal legs, that works really well to make this reclaimed oak table modern, but not tacky, and classic, but not boring.
This live edge walnut table started as a tree in the client's backyard in the Lars Anderson Park section of Chestnut Hill. The wood spent two years air drying at the mill. Typically fresh cut wood needs to air dry for one year per inch of thickness. When we were called, the walnut wood was stacked in their garage and we went to take a look and test the moisture content of the wood and allocate the material for the table top. The wood was in great shape.
This is to date the largest table we've made. Fifteen feet of reclaimed oak. The top weighs over five hundred pounds! It took four of us to carry it into the home from the truck and 8 of us to flip it once we'd assembled the base. The barn that the client built in Ipswich is incredible- the exposed timber framing was reclaimed from a barn in Canada and shipped here. This table was longer than any reclaimed oak board we could get our hands on so it has staggered seams. For aesthetic, it has bowties and dowels throughout.