We build tabletops of boards and slabs*, not to be confused with veneer or composites.
We do not build tops without bases.
We have two sources for the wood for our tops:
When we receive lumber and when we are pulling boards for a job, we look for boards of exceptional color, figure, and character. We mark and store them for table tops. When someone orders a table, we select boards from this "special reserve" for their individual beauty and for their coherence in a composition. Often people must be shown the joints, but the heft and expression of individual boards remain.
Because these boards are from different trees, some variation in figure and color is inherent.
Prices for tables on this website are for tables built from our special reserve.
Lou Irion and Max Greeley buy exceptional logs to cut into lumber or flitches*. They keep the wood from each log in a set whose color, figure, and character are, therefore, consistent and extraordinary.
Irion Lumber is our source for sets of square-edged boards 12-24" wide. This is an example of a curly cherry set:
The length, width, and thickness of a set determine its suitability for a given design. We can guide you. Click to see the matched sets currently in stock at Irion Lumber.
Max Greeley's Rawoods is a source for pairs of wide thick flitches* with natural edges that are bookmatched*. These we can use for our Mitchell Trestle tops.
Click to visit the Rawood website.
*see definitions below
A flitch is a cut through a log from bark to bark.
When a flitch is thick, it is commonly called a slab.
To bookmatch is to "open" two flitches or boards that were face to face in the tree and place them side by side.