Let me preface this with a wanring that I am not a pro, just a weekend woodworker and an experienced DIY’er. This is my first blog and I hope you enjoy reading it.
A dear friend of mine saw a coffee table that I had made from a piece of crotch walnut with very intense figure. She asked if I would make one for her and her husband’s new home. We took a trip to my favorite lumber yard (Keim Lumber) in Ohio and selected a two inch thick, ten foot long slab of walnut with some burl and wavy grain. As the slabe had a large crack through it in one location, we selected a piece of wenge to use for some bow-tie shaped patches.
The first task was to remove the bark. I used various wire wheels chucked in a drill. I have found that this removes the bark and leaves a pleasing texture that I believe compliments the natural edge for a table without destroying the live edge.
-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."