Live Edge Furniture

In the early ’90’s, Jeff Amos, as photographer, was traveling and photographing the West Coast.  The remarkable driftwood, serene, graceful, beautiful and huge really caught his attention.  It was easy to visualize slicing the shapes through and through, keeping the outside  shapes.  This is known as live edge.  And so this journey begins.

Once back in Nova Scotia, a 3′ Alaska chain saw mill was purchased, and a Norway maple along the Lahave River was the first log sawn.  One log led to the next.  They seemed to be everywhere, on people letting Jeff know they saw one here, one there. His showroom for photography and furniture at The Old Station in Mahone Bay became the first place to show furniture in this style.

Logs from Halifax, through the Valley, and Lunenburg County were soon air drying in the shop yard.  Species included black walnut, white ash, red oak, white oak, grey elm, yellow birch and white pine.  Inventory was deeply enriched by a couple of trips to Pennsylvania for maple, walnut and cherry.  A trip to California saw 45 slabs of redwood land in Nova Scotia.

The furniture made, tables and desks for both home and office, and beds were soon travelling all over the Maritimes, Ontario and out West.  The furthest into the States was Texas.  Germany received an 8 person table of single piece maple and a set of chairs designed by Jeff, and made with the help of an apprentice at the time.

That is the first phase of this story.

And the story will continue, to discuss rustic compared to sophisticated, reclaimed logs, and what distressed is about.  Understructures, iron, granite, glass~ all will be added to the conversation, as there is time.

For more Live Edge, visit our page on Live Edge Slabs.