The following pictures and story were sent in by Roman Muntener from the Red Rooster Bakery, Prince George, BC.
“I just like to combine my blacksmithing with natural elements such as natural rock and, in this case, wood. No two pieces are the same, I love the organic feel of live edge wood as is the case in the sample, natural rock and free-form forged steel. I did a bunch of trays for my own use and then I was asked to do a few more for friends, now my wife has persuaded me to do a few for the Farmers’ Market … so it goes.
So far, I’ve used pine-beetle killed pine off of my property but then I checked out the selection of different wood at the Windsor Plywood Prince George
shop and was offered this beautiful 4ft piece of roasted curly birch which the folks at the store kindly sliced in half for me. Now I have two 4ft pieces with live edge that I had sanded down to a thickness of 30mm.
The birch piece I cut from the narrow end of one of the boards is rather small at about 360mm x 300mm x 30mm. It is simply sanded, rubbed with mineral oil and finished with beeswax. The
handles are hand forged steel, wire brushed and clear coated.
I am by no means what you’d call a
“woodworker” but I love the feel, look and touch of natural materials.”
Background on the Live Edge Roasted Curly Birch:
– The lumber is Red Birch from New Brunswick.
– The ‘roasted’ term describes how the wood is kiln dried for a longer than normal schedule at a higher temperature. This causes the natural sugars in the wood fibre to caramelize, giving the wood a darker colour tone. When done carefully, this method of drying also makes the wood more stable (less movement when the relative humidity fluctuates) which is important for applications such as mantels.