When shopping for a live edge dining table, you should be aware of several factors that influence the cost and quality. My slabs have all been carefully air dried for at least one year, slow kiln dried to 6% moisture level, briefly kilned at higher temperature to kill any possible insects, then allowed to accommodate to workshop environment for several months. The slabs have then been tested in multiple locations with a moisture meter by me personally before being used. Any less care in drying will likely result in cracking and warping during seasonal changes.This is particularly true of the large imported slabs.
The hard won lessons of 45 plus years of building this kind of furniture are evident in every piece I sign my name to.
Another factor you should be aware of is that many of the lower cost “live edge” slabs are made by the cheaper procedure of gluing up a center slab from random straight boards then gluing the edges of a single narrow live edge plank that is cut down the center to the random straight boards. This procedure makes a top that lacks the dramatically beautiful figure of true book matched top, and in no way is comparable.
You will find many tables available that, at first glance, are less costly, but, if you look more closely, you, along with the many decorators and architects who place repeat orders with me, will discover that for what I offer, pricing is effectively “to the trade” for design excellence and materials of uncompromising quality.