For live edge tops, the wood figure - or appearance - is unique to each wood slab. Some species, like curly maple, will have a distinctive pattern that it will display, but each tree will present differently depending on its lifespan or how the wood was cut.

Some of the most commonly found patterns include birds eye, blister, burl, curl, dimple, fiddleback, flame, ghost, quilted, and spalted.

In addition to the patterns seen in the wood, the figure will be unique to each top and becomes a part of the design of the top. Some examples of these figure attributes include sapwood, grain pattern, bookmatched slabs, crotch figure, spalting, and cracks.


Common in the work of Live Edge pioneer George Nakashima, butterfly joints are used to hold two or more wood boards together or to stabilize a knothole, usually done in a contrasting wood for aesthetic purposes.


The finish on our live edge tops is hard to beat! Each slab is kiln dried and machine-flattened for a stable, uniform surface, and are sealed with our signature Marine Oil Finish. This water and stain-proof finish is the most durable in the industry, and is formulated to withstand years of use with minimal maintenance.


Explore a sampling of the live edge wood layout options available for Brooks Custom's live edge wood tops. We take the wood slabs from raw wood and arrange them according to your specifications.