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Live edge / Wavy edge / Waney edge


Live edge siding:  boards that have not been cut strait on one side. Instead they are left with the natural curves of the tree.

Waney edge:  A natural wavy edge on a plank. It might still be covered by tree bark.

Waney-edge cladding is a very traditional style of cladding created by overlapping boards sliced straight from the tree. Each board has one waney edge (with bark on) and one square edge. Examples of waney edge cladding can be seen on buildings dating back many hundreds of years, often painted in traditional black bitumen paint.
- Vastern Timber: Waney-edge cladding (online Nov. 2018)


Live edge pieces are typically used for dining room and conference tables, desks, counter tops, shelving, and coffee bars and tables. Each piece provides a beautiful contrast to a piece of furniture or setting and expresses the natural origin of wood. Wood species cut into slabs are ash, cherry, spruce, red oak, walnut, and white oak.

Live edge or natural edge is a style of furniture where the furniture designer or craftsperson incorporates the natural edge of the wood into the design of the piece. Live edge furniture often incorporates gnarly wood, such as Alligator Juniper, mesquite and salvaged wood that could not be used in conventional woodworking. There are special challenges involved in working with this type of wood, and several methods for live edge have developed. Some leave the natural holes and cracks in the wood while other artists fill them with resins.
- Wikipedia: Live Edge (online Nov. 2018)

Examples from Buffalo architecture

Photos and their arrangement 2018 Chuck LaChiusa
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