When Brian Coll was in his 20s, he followed his dad Jack, as a photographer, writer and framer. He worked alongside his dad in the family’s custom frame shop in Conshohocken for years. And then Brian found a path of his own, this one through the trees.
Brian Coll d has added furniture crafting to his creative repertoire — specifically, live edge tables fashioned from rustic slabs of wood. Live edge carpentry references trees’ living, outer rings. Live edge artisans leave their raw materials as is instead of finishing the timber’s edges into smooth geometric contours. A given tree’s natural knots, cracks and whorls make each piece unique and are signature features of the live edge approach, writes Mary English in The Times Herald.
I sand each piece in between coats, so a lot of distinctive elements come into play as you do that, and you can’t rush the process. When I first started this, I thought the whole live edge thing was ‘just sand it and let it go where it will,’ but I’ve learned that’s definitely not the case.
Coll can customize his tables to meet the demands of a given space. He has also incorporated client-supplied bases to support tables. A number of his designs are posted at Etsy (via Sierra Road Creations). More information is available at 610-825-7072 or Coll’s Custom Framing, 324 Fayette St., Conshohocken.
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