• Tue. Apr 20th, 2021

Shalersville’s Redgate Sawmill living on live edge wood furniture boom

A coffee table, a mantle, a bar, a conference table for the board room of a large company. 

Customers will all see something different when they gaze upon Redgate Sawmill’s collection of live edge slabs of wood, but every piece or decoration started as a tree, probably somewhere in Portage County.

“It’s just the style right now,” said Cassius Harris, who runs the sawmill with his father, Roy Harris. “Sometimes it can be rustic looking with metal legs that are real modern looking.”

Redgate Sawmill, located at 8767 Route 44 in Shalersville, doesn’t create furniture, it simply mills the wood that eventually becomes the the furniture, tabletop, or counter of the buyer’s imagination. In live edge style, the natural edge of the wood — or bark — is kept and incorporated into the design.