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JANUARY 2023 NEWSLETTER 17 YEARS AS LIVE EDGE DESIGN
This month we celebrated our 17th birthday as Live Edge Design!
Our business actually started under the name Pickle Ridge Rustic
Carpentry in 1993. Back then, we specialized in making log furniture but
after a devastating fire in 2005, we changed locations and
officially became Live Edge Design Inc. in January 2006.
In my infancy at Live Edge Design I recall a road trip to
Saltspring Island to deliver a table we’d designed with the clients from a tree
that had fallen in a snowstorm. The connection between the tree,
the people that helped shape it and the people that now
dine around it daily has taken root in my core.
When I think of all the beautiful pieces that exist in the world because
of our team and how this creates joy for our clients,
it drives me to find ways to stay relevant and be here for the next 17 years and beyond.
To our beloved customers – thank you for your continued
support and faith in us throughout the years.
From Donna and all 20 of us who are currently here
as well as the 58 staff members and 6 student placements who came before.
Favorite Creations of the Past
“The best experiences I have had in my 11+ years of employment at Live Edge are
the people I work with, I’m hard pressed to think of another place I have
worked that had such a great team! I have also enjoyed my career advancement
and constant learning of new machines and materials. A great side benefit is
being able to make products from locally sourced and beautiful wood.”
“One of my favorite memories in the past 16 years was
when I got to help design and install a set of driftwood double bunk beds
on a privately owned beach island back in 2008. It was a very challenging,
custom project that turned out beautifully and getting to help with the installation
(it was a built-in unit with stairs in the middle) was so memorable!”
“It is so hard for me to pinpoint a specific memory from my 16 years at Live Edge.
There are snapshots of joy tucked in my data stores from connecting with clients
(times when the line between client and friend have blurred) working and
collaborating with staff members who feel like family (and are if you count my
husband the Wood Supply Manager) and discovering new facts about trees and the wood grain they produce.”
“I remember the big funky crazy stuff. One of my favorites
was the big round burl piece. I’m 6′-4″ and standing up next to it,
I only came up halfway. Must have been eight feet in diameter easily.
It actually broke the slab flipper! I don’t take pictures any more,
you know (mostly because I’ve seen it all) but if I did, you’d have been impressed!”