Live Edge Elm Desk with Copper Inlay | Tables by Natural Wood Edge Creations by Rick Griggs
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This live edge elm desk is 54” x 28-32“ with hydraulic legs that adjust for standing or sitting. Elm is also known as “ulmus americana” is typically found in the eastern and Midwest U.S. but is found in other areas of the country as they have been imported. The tree can grow up to 100 feet in height with a trunk up to three feet. The heartwood is a gold to red brown with lighter and darker streaks in the grain. The sapwood is typically a paler version of the heartwood. This elm was urban logged from a residence in Phoenix, AZ.

Copper is the inlay. It is typically found in multiple states in the U.S. including Utah, Arizona, Montana, Michigan, and New Mexico. Copper is very malleable and has a beautiful reddish-brown color that accents the elm.

The finish contains six coats of hand-rubbed Tung oil; sanded after each coat. Tung oil brings out the unique characteristics of the wood.

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Woodworking started as a hobby and quickly evolved into a business. Carving and turning led to creating “live edge” tables and "live edge" art. Natural Edge Wood Creations began from requests I received to make "live edge" tables for family and friends. I use wood and stone with a sense of architecture, style and imagination to create each work so its natural beauty and qualities flourish. Each piece is an experience in tactile and visual beauty.

I have had an array of experience across many fields. From on-air and management in radio to consulting professional sports teams and broadcast companies including ESPN to photography and woodworking. The common thread in all of them is my passion for what I do!

It expanded in September 2016 when I found a gallery of metal sculpture in Taos, New Mexico. I had been searching for a source to create metal legs that would enhance but not overwhelm my work. I met with the owner and artist, Frank Seckler. He agreed to do custom legs for my pieces. When I showed him my work he asked if I would be open to selling my work in his gallery. The partnership began and has been successful.

I create every "live edge" piece carefully selecting the wood and stone are from sources around the country; Phoenix to Florida, Massachusetts to the Pacific Northwest, Southern and Northern California to Iowa and Ohio. Each piece is meticulously planned from preparation and cleaning to sculpting and sanding to the inlay material and finishing.

In addition to woodworking I have spent over 40 years in the broadcast industry creating entertainment programming. I was one of the pioneers helping to create the Sports Radio format. I own the premiere and highly‐respected Sports Radio consulting firm, RSA Sports International, which was formed in 1992.

I am also an accomplished photographer having been invited to display my work at the Lishui (China) Photography Festival. Four of my pieces were placed on permanent display in Lishui Photography Museum. I have displayed my photography in galleries and private showings in the Pacific Northwest.