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This applewood slab was salvage from a three in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

It is common in urban trees to have metal nails and other foreign objects in the wood, causing damage to machines and other woodworking tools. That is the main reason many woodworkers would never consider using urban timber.


But this slab is truly exceptional as the with of the slab give us an idea of the with of the tree trunk, measuring 70” long X 27” wide X 2” thick fairly large apple tree. It also has its typical reddish tone and the black iron stains of the metal nails giving it a more dramatic character.


These are two examples of the foreign metal staining the wood. 

The other wood material I will be using in this project is Zebrawood. I chose this wood because the grain and colors are beautiful and elegant, they will compliment the rustic shape and colors of the slab top.

In my next posting I will show what it could be the final design for this project.


For those not familiar with my work, I usually follow the colors, grain and shape of the natural edge slabs and let these factors guide me throughout the project, my job is to compliment the live edge slab with an elegant base or body to create a well balance and functional piece of furniture with qualities that will last for generations.