A piece of a tree, elm slab

I originally bought this slab intending to cut it in half and make a bench with one live edge. I purchased it sight unseen from Groff and Groff Lumber in Pennsylvania. When I described the narrow bench I had designed, they suggested this slab would be appropriate since it had a huge crack in one side. I could cut the cracked side off and have one live edge for the narrow bench. When I unloaded the slab off the freight truck, I stood it upright in the wood shed and instantly knew I would never cut it.

I stabilized the slab with splines and butterflies (made from Jatoba) and filled the void with black epoxy. The slab is 72″ long and 48″ wide and would make a perfect desk, or table.

Since I first posted this page, I have made the slab into a coffee table with a cherry base.