I have always loved the look of live edge furniture, especially when it is juxtaposed with the clean lines of a modern style. Here I found a slab at a company called Mississippi Wood Trader (http://mswoodtrader.tumblr.com/) which reclaims wood from sources throughout the southeast. The hickory that I selected was milled from a tree that fell during the tornado that ravaged through the nearby Cabbagetown neighborhood in the Winter of 2008: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/15/cabbagetown.sidebar/index.html?eref=rss_latest
I remember the storm well. The same tornado touched down in downtown Atlanta and left buildings damaged that took years to restore. Also, I have a lot of close friends in Cabbagetown and have always loved the historic district and it meant a lot to me that this piece that I selected had a story, and was going to be put to good use.
Nature did the work of making the wood beautiful. Here is how I finished and hung the piece: