As you peruse this site, and I hope you will, there are terms and techniques that will help you enjoy the experience even more.

Woodworking Terms Techniques

You Need To Know!

Live-edge Myrtle slab with 5 pegs added
Myrtle wood coat rack-extreme live-edge

LIVE-EDGE–planks or slabs where one or more borders/edges retain their natural character#liveedge


The middle board is book-matched juniper-with the tell-tale mirror image grain in the middle

A book-matched board features its own mirror image. The process is to split wood in half creating two boards that are half as thick and then re-gluing those along the long edge, as if you opened a book. #bookmatched


Live-edge Juniper with Epoxy River
Nightstand tops with Live-edge Juniper and epoxy river

Epoxy rivers are created by pouring blue-dyed epoxy between 2 live edge boards.#epoxyrivers


wooden table with distinctive bands of wood dividing the top into thirds. The woods are aligned horizontally with symmetrical top and bottom the middle section has the appearance of a seascape with a dark headland protruding out into a cloudburst.
Laminated woods: Black Locust, Hickory, Walnut, Maple and Myrtle wood.
End Table Top evokes a seascape.

Laminated is technical jargon for “glued together.” Laminate is another term for plywood–which is layers glued together. For clarity, we’ll stick to laminated hardwoods, (get it a glue joke). Laminated wood allows for adding contrasting tones and blending wood’s colors. #laminated


Fractal burning involves painting an electrolyte onto raw wood and then using high-voltage to burn random patterns into the wood. #fractalburning

Any one of these techniques can stand on its own merits. When combined, the possibilities are infinite.

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