Learn more about the process that makes our wood slabs unique and long-lasting; kiln drying and epoxy pouring bring beauty and durability to our products!
Kiln drying is the process of reducing wood's moisture content so it can be used to make furniture. The wood is placed in an environment where the temperature and steam levels of the room are controlled. Properly drying wood prevents it from warping in the future as it is exposed to temperature changes throughout the year's different seasons.
Between air drying and kiln drying combined, the drying process can take from two to three years. This depends on the thickness and species of wood. The general rule is one inch of wood is equal to one year of drying. For a sturdier 3"-4" slab, the process can take three to four years. Because the slabs are dried slower over a longer period of time, the moisture content is brought down to a stable percentage. This helps prevent warping and also dries out any fungus or bugs that may have been living in the tree before it was cut down.
Epoxy is a resin that mimics the appearance of glass without being fragile. You can add color and metallic flair to create a unique look!
They start with pouring the color. They make sure the bottom is sealed off so nothing will leak when they pour. The first color pour goes about halfway up the slab and sets for 1-2 days. The setting time period depends on the climate and temperature. Next they pour the piece fully with clear epoxy which cures hard enough to sand in about 3 days. They sand the piece to a smooth perfectio once it is ready! When adding River Rock, there are extra steps. They pour clear epoxy for the bottom layer, add the rocks, and the next clear epoxy pour cover up the rocks. This cures for 1-2 days and is ready for the final pour to seal the piece. Once it is cured for about 3 days it is ready to be sanded! A metallic swirl effect can be added to a colored epoxy! They add a metallic element to the epoxy when it is poured and then drag an object, like a pencil, through the epoxy to create the swirl!