Urban Logging

Here at OE Custom we practice in the process of Urban Logging.  We work very closely with local tree companies, governments and land owners to put trees that would normally be placed in a waste stream to good use(countertops and furniture).  Urban logs are trees that are not of a certain caliper normally sent to a conventional mill.  OE Custom owns and operates a large bandsaw mill that can cut logs up to 60″ in diameter.  All of our lumber is air dried for several years and kiln dried very slowly to drop the moisture content down to ideal levels of 6-10%.

How Does it work?

With our large bandsaw mill we have the ability of “flitch” cutting a log to yield maximum board footage.  Depending on how the tree was cut or if the tree was knocked down during a storm really varies the overall quality of the lumber.  Its our job to read every log and try to find the best of what it has to offer.  Most of what we mill from flitch cutting yields very attractive and one of a kind Live Edge Slabs.

What Does Live Edge Mean?

Live edge or natural edge is a style of furniture where the woodworker incorporates the natural edge of the wood into the design of the piece. Live edge furniture often incorporates gnarly wood with a lot of unique character and color providing a one of a kind piece.

Single Slab or a BookMatched Pair?

Single slab is the full cut of a tree so both sides of the slab have a Live Edge.  Depending on the tree and project a single slab can sometimes be difficult to achieve.  Large kitchen islands are often much wider then what a tree can provide.

Bookmatching is the process of adjoining two wood surfaces to mirror each other, thus giving the impression of an opened book.The two adjoining surfaces are produced from the same piece of wood, so that they have (almost) exactly the same appearance, but mirrored. This allows the surface to appear as a single piece of wood.