Feb 14, 2014

Local businesses put sustainable wood to work in offices and reception rooms

By KC

Local businesses put sustainable wood to work in offices and reception rooms

Whether you're designing an office from the studs up or need a quick and easy solution to spruce up your current space, we've got the wood to help.

Our pre-made butcher block tops are ideal for quick and easy office makeovers. Use them for desk tops, conference tables, and other surfaces.

These tops are available in six different species starting at just $26 per square foot, all locally sourced and sustainably harvested. We also offer custom sizes and thicknesses for your special project.

For dramatic custom conference tables and reception desks, our live-edge slabs set the standard. Choose the size and species and your woodworker can customize it for you.

Or use our Northwest hardwood lumber in any species for custom cabinetry, desks, tables, millwork and trim.

Photo at top right: Live-edge blue pine makes a memorable conference table
Photos from below left: Pre-made juniper butcher block was a quick and affordable solution for this office's desks and reception area tables; a custom juniper slat wall adds texture and warmth to this West Linn dental office; the Oregon Zoo uses live-edge maple slabs for custom display tables.



 
Jan 24, 2013

For the love of live-edge slabs

By KC

For the love of live-edge slabs

One enduring design trend that we love is the live-edge slab. As individual as the tree that yielded it, this natural cut of wood retains the unique lines of the trunk along one or two edges, giving each finished piece a completely one-of-a-kind profile.

While people have certainly been using slabs of wood as work surfaces for millennia, the modern live-edge look dates back to the 1940's, when famed furniture designer George Nakashima first introduced it in his collection for Knoll.  His passion for nature is clearly expressed in the highlighting of the uniqueness of each piece of wood.

These days, live-edge is commonly used for dining and conference tables, coffee and console tables, bar tops, reception desks, and some positively dreamy headboards. While it is often executed in a rustic way, the organic element of the wild edge provides relief from the hard materials commonly used in modern design. It pairs especially well with bare concrete and helps soften the lines in a harshly linear space.

We keep live-edge slabs in stock in Portland, ready to be transformed into your work of art. Click here for the available species.  We also have more photos of recent installations posted on our gallery.

 
Oct 8, 2012

Block & Sons crafts beautiful iPad stands from local salvaged wood

By KC

Block & Sons crafts beautiful iPad stands from local salvaged wood

What goes better with the sleek lines of an iPad than a rustic chunk of live-edge wood? 

Based on the work of the fellows at Block & Sons, nothing!  These Portland crafters sculpt beautiful stands for iPads out of local, sustainable wood, which are then finished traditionally with linseed oil and beeswax.

We love the juxtaposition of the uber-modern device nestled into the wild lines of the blocks. 

The blocks can be purchased via the Block & Sons website, Portland shop Beam & Anchor, and other fine boutiques around the country.

Here's a photo of the juniper stand:

 

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