Natural Edge Furniture

natural wood slabs, steel bases, modern organic designs

We make custom natural edge furniture from salvaged, reclaimed, and recycled hardwood materials. With our personal collection of local hand selected and air-dried wood slabs, we will find the perfect piece for your project.  Every project is personal - from the tree, to our craftsman, to you.  Visit our showroom in Bend, Oregon, order online, or contact us for a custom project. We ship nationwide.

 

Fall Artist - Mary Medrano

Start your First Friday Artwalk (November 4th) in the Bend's Makers District with our reception for our Fall artist, Mary Medrano.

Mary will be at Natural Edge Furniture on November 4th sharing her work.  In addition to her paintings she will be bringing original prints to sell.

 With the holiday season right around the corner, it is the perfect time to purchase something locally made for yourself or someone special.

Mary's work, inspired by animals, utilizes a variety of new and recycled materials including acrylic paints, oil pastels, paper, photographs, fabric, graphite and ink.

For more information about Mary and her work you can visit her website.

Complimentary refreshments will be served, along with light appetizers at this family friendly event.

We hope to see you on the 4th.

Stools

Living in Bend, a place with more craft breweries per capita than really should be allowed, it is surprising that it took us so long to make a bar stool.  We started tossing the idea around almost a year ago and came up with a few ideas, but then work got in the way of things.  

The base can be just about any color you might desire.

We revisited the idea last fall.  Intense research at bars around town, the state and in at least one South American country ensued.  It was tough, demanding work but we approached it with the gusto we bring to every project.  

The result of our many hours of research is, we think, a great bar stool.

 

 

The hand-sanded, bum cradling curves of the black walnut seat.  It's like sitting on chocolate...yum. Actually sitting on chocolate isn't very yummy but you get the idea.

We wanted something with clean, simple lines.  It had to be sturdy enough for day-to-day use, but light enough to easily move around.  

We weren't looking for a behemoth with a swiveling cushioned seat and a back and arms.  This was for sitting, not sleeping, which we discovered during our research, is not a good thing to do in a bar stool.

The seats can be from any of our local, salvaged hardwoods.  The bases can be raw steel or powder coated to any color from matte black to eye searing orange.

Next time you are in the shop come on in and try one out.

May Spotlight Piece

We are always looking to try new things.  The complications and failures give us a good reason to swear.  This month's piece, which we have nicknamed The River Table, is one such piece. 

Figuring out how to inlay a 1/2" piece of organically shaped glass so that it and the wood slabs meet smoothly took a bit of time.  There might have been some saucy language used at times, but we feel it was worth it.

The glass is inlayed between two book matched slabs of heavily figured maple.  We also threw in a few butterflies to stabilize the ends.

The result is pretty stunning.  We don't think it will be in the showroom for long.  

We also recently finished a similar, but larger custom piece for a customer.  There was less swearing with that one so we must be getting better at this glass thing.

New Quarterly Artist - Karen Ruane

We are very pleased to have Karen Ruane as Natural Edge Furniture's Spring artist.  Karen is a graduate of the art program at the University of Arizona and a co-founder of The Wilds, a co-working space for artists and creatives in Bend.

Her work will be hanging through July.  We will be hosting a reception for Karen in the evening on Friday, June 3rd.  Feel free to come down for the reception or during our regular hours to view her wonderful pieces.

Her work will be hanging through July.  We will be hosting a reception for Karen in the evening on Friday, June 3rd.  

Feel free to come down for the reception or during our regular hours to view her wonderful pieces.

A New Toy

As we get older our toys just get bigger.  We just unwrapped our brand new Lucas Slabbing Mill.  The mill will allow us to cut slabs up to 6 feet wide.  

The delivery arrives

The delivery arrives

The big blade

The big blade

Some assembly required

Some assembly required

The finished mill

The finished mill

First cutting

First cutting

We will get down to milling.  We should have big slabs from this mill available after they have time to dry, maybe 2018 or 2019.  

March Spotlight Piece

Orange

"Orange is the happiest color"

- Frank Sinatra

 

"Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow"

-Wassily Kandinsky

 

“Champagne and orange juice is a great drink. The orange improves the champagne. The champagne definitely improves the orange.”

– Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

 

 

OK, so that last one wasn't really about the color orange but there are surprisingly few quotes about a color that has no rhyming words.  And, anyway, we kind of see the wood and base improving on each other in this piece.  

Maple top, salvaged steel base and a little color.

February Spotlight Piece

You won't find many wood bases in our showroom.  When we make them, they are designed to go with a specific top and, more often than not, are for custom pieces.  

We recently completed a coffee, console and end table set for a local client who wanted wood bases.  All of the pieces would be in the same great room and so they wanted them to match.

We were able to tie the pieces together by using slabs from the same tree for the tops.  For the bases we again matched all of them with wood from the same tree.

We also worked with a local blacksmith, Orion Forge, to create the steel arcs and end table base, repeating the same texture in all of the steel.  

This project was a real team effort between Natural Edge, Orion Forge and our clients, who were involved every step of the way.




January's Spotlight Piece

Black Walnut Conference Table with Bulldozer Track Base

A conference table built for a machinery company needs to have some heft to it.  Track chain paired with black walnut did the job perfectly.  

We started with a book matched pair of black walnut slabs about 10 feet long and 4 sections of track chain.  

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Jason, our metal man, faced a bit of a task to cut the track to the right size but the end result was worth it.

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We positioned the legs close to the corners of the top so there would be more space for people seated at the ends of the table and as many people as possible could sit at the sides.  The tracks are 9" wide and so would eat up a lot of the available seating space if placed further from the ends.

Sometimes a base like this can overpower the top, but in this case they have found a good balance.  

Artist Reception - Kelly Thiel

On Friday, January 29th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Natural Edge will be hosting a reception for Kelly Thiel, our next quarterly artist.

Originally from the Southeast, Kelly now makes her home in Bend where, in addition to being a full-time artist, she is one of the owners and managers of The Wilds, a co-working and artist studio space.  

Her work has been exhibited nationally and is in many private collections.  Kelly also has been featured in several magazines and books, such as The Crafts Report and 500 Figures.  

Additionally, she runs workshops and teaches.  In 2014, she taught at The Bascom in North Carolina, and was a Guest Artist at East Tennessee State University.

Natural Edge Furniture is very excited to have her pieces gracing our show room walls and we encourage everyone to come and take a look.

The event on the 29th is free and open to the public. 

December's Spotlight Piece

Industrial Modern Black Walnut Foyer Table

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We had some fun with black walnut burl, glass and salvaged metal.  

The burl was salvaged up in Kalama Washington by a friend of the shop.  In the detail photos you can see that it has metal in it.  This is from power lines that the tree grew around.   It's a little bit of the tree's history that we love to leave in. 

The base is something we pulled out of the salvage yard.  It is a section of a flail used to debark logs.  It originally had chains that came through the holes.  It is solid steel and very heavy.  So far the base has only been sand blasted, but we are thinking to polish it.

We cut the glass to perfectly fit the shape.  It is 1/2" thick and follows the curve and form of this extraordinary piece of wood.

The piece is 22" x 42" x 30.5" tall.  It is currently for sale online or in our shop.