Signature Live Edge Tables
SENTIENT live edge tables are made using sustainably-sourced American black walnut, spalted maple, cherry, oak and occasionally other hardwoods. We source our live edge pieces from family-owned mills in Pennsylvania and other areas within the United States. Each table top is protected with several coats of deep sealer, and also preserved with top finishing coats. This process brings out and accentuates the beauty of the grain patterns and other naturally-occurring characteristics that are particularly noticeable in our black walnut.
- Table top: Live Edge American Black Walnut. Also available in Maple, Cherry and Oak.
- Choose from several options for the base, email for a complete list
- Bases are made using Hardwood, Steel and Brass with a variety of finishes
- Bases include the renowned Wishbone Leg, as well as the Frame, Canted, V-Leg or a custom design
- Dimensions: Typically 70” - 168” wide x 30 - 60” deep and larger on request.
- Made to order in Brooklyn, NY
- 6–8 week lead time
- Ships Internationally
The Process: Masterful craftsmanship from start to finish.
SENTIENT solid wood live edge tables are made from American black walnut, white oak. spalted maple and occasionally other hardwoods. The logs and slabs are sourced mainly from the eastern United states.
Slabs are air dried for a period of up to two years. Residual moisture is removed in a heated kiln which may take an additional three months. The slabs are then planed. They spend up to a month acclimation period in the workshop in Brooklyn before we begin to transform a raw slab into a beautiful table.
Design and Fabrication
A SENTIENT table is designed and fabricated after discussions with each customer. These discussions are informative, collaborative, instructive as well as ressuring and fun. Typically, the customer provides a general indication of size, leg choice, wood species as well as butterflies and other details. A computer rendering of the table showing all specifications and final details is prepared and submitted to the customer for approval. At this point we are ready to commence the hard work of fabricating the table.
Final Finishes, Quality Assurance and Shipping
Our finishing process is focused on bringing out the timeless beauty of the wood grain and color that are found within the wood itself, and our workshop has developed a water-based clear finish that we feel is the best option when purchasing a SENTIENT Signature Live Edge Table. When running your hand over the tabletop, you can still feel the grains of the actual wood, yet it is protected. The subtle yet striking details in the wood itself is brought out by applying several coatings of the finish, then sanding, and repeated many, many times. It is a deep finish that looks extraordinarily clear and minimal. When all fabrication and finishing has been completed, each table is assembled and inspected. Once approved, they are disassembled, wrapped and either scheduled for local delivery or packed into a sturdy shipping crate for delivery outside the Tristate area.
Solid Eastern Black Walnut
We always keep a supply of slabs and boards. Some will be air drying for up to 18 months or ready to go into the kiln for up to 3 months for the ﬁnal drying. When dry the slabs and boards are planed and then brought into the workshop to be transformed into tables measuring 5 feet up to 14 feet or headboards for beds measuring up to 12 feet in width.
American black walnut wood species grows over a vast region in the United States. Eastern American black walnut grows on the eastern seaboard from Central Maine in the north to Georgia in the south then all the way west as far as Iowa in the north to Eastern Texas in the south.
Black walnut is found in scattered growth as individual trees or in small groups. Black walnut is found in a variety of growing sites. It grows in well drained coves on hillsides. It grows with a round tree crown with heights ranging from 70 feet to 150 feet depending on growing conditions such as sunlight and ground water. The crown can spread up to 80 feet.
If it grows in a more dense environment like all trees it will grow taller. Commonly black walnut can develop massive branches spaced along the length the trunk. Branching often provides the spectacular burls and grain effects found in black walnut when used for furniture production.
Black walnut is an excellent furniture grade hardwood. It must be dried carefully to avoid checking (cracking). Black walnut works well with tools, receives nails and screws and can be glued. It has excellent finishing qualities in that it will receive most finishing products. When dried black walnut weighs approximately 3.5 pounds per board foot.
Pricing & Inquiries
1 (888) 236.8862
Studio & Workshop, Brooklyn
Metropolitan Design Center (MDC)
Building 9 Floor 5
276 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
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