Bark House

Live Edge Wood Slabs

Locally and Sustainably Harvested Live Edge Wood

We keep an extensive inventory of Appalachian species with a focus on wind falls and diseased trees that are locally acquired. Most often they are “yard trees” that, without the normal forest competition, tend to have thick stocky trunks. We only accept the older and most gnarled or figured wood as they best tell the story of the tree’s struggles to survive.

These trees speak through the grain of their wood. Technical terminology for characteristics such as Curly, Spalted, Quilted, Wormy, and Burly are simple labels for extremely complex growth and figure resulting from a myriad of stresses and injuries that the tree has endured.  This figure can be difficult to see in a rough board for the untrained eye, but once our slabs have been finished you will be captivated by the depth and movement as the grain tells the story of its life.

Our sawing technique called “slabbing” means that once we choose the direction to slice, we make repeated parallel cuts until all boards are freed. We don’t cut the bark edges off as to leave the natural “live edge” intact. After a period of air drying to relieve the slabs of wood of excess moisture, we finish dry and sterilize them in our kilns before offering them to you.

Whether you are searching for a unique desk, mantle, table, bar top, or even stunning wall art, use our search tool to browse our online inventory of live edge wood slabs for sale. Our sales staff are also happy to walk you through the myriad of color, shape and size choices available to help you discover your perfect one-of-kind piece. We offer walnut, pine, maple, cherry, oak, and much more.


Live Edge Wood Slab Details

Lengths range from 2’ to 18’
Widths range from 1’ to 6’
Thicknesses range from 2 ½” to 6”

Species currently on hand but not limited to:

  • Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
  • Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
  • Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
  • Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
  • Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)
  • Hard Maple (Acer saccharum)
  • Pecan (Carya illinoensis)
  • Hickory (Carya glabra and Carya tomentosa)
  • Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
  • Soft Maple (Acer rubrum and Acer saccharinum)
  • Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
  • White Ash (Fraxinus Americana)
  • White Oak (Quercus alba)

Stocked species fluctuate with availability

Shapes specified as:

  • Mantles
  • Irregular
  • Ovals
  • Rectangles
  • Rounds
  • Y’s


Browse our Current Live Edge Inventory


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“When we were building the new tasting room for our winery we knew we had to have a remarkable piece of wood for the bar top. I looked to Bark House explaining that I needed a nice mountain look with a large WOW factor. When I went to the Bark House showroom, we were able to find that Wow factor I was looking for. A 17′ long, live edge slab of white oak that was 42 wide and 3 thick!”

Steve Tatum
Grandfather Vineyard & Winery
Banner Elk, NC


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