With around 64,000 (at least today) others, I followed Goebel & Co. Furniture Instagram. St. Louis’s furniture works out of the shopping body Feast, sturdy, imaginative design, in many cases using live-edge blouses with epoxy stabilized. (Look at some table base – – – – – they are very amazing!)
When we are looking for someone to do a video with our live-edge work and a proxy, Martin Goebel is my first choice. He said yes, I am very happy.
Goebel was traditionally trained in cabinet and furniture making at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, Calif, after which he spent six years creating custom pieces while completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Fine Arts from the University of Missouri, Saint Louis. He also earned a Master of Fine Arts in Furniture Design (focusing on digital design) at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. And in 2011, Goebel returned to his native St. Louis to found his furniture company.
Not everything the company produces uses live-edge pieces, of course – though I think it’s fair to say it all springs from a contemporary aesthetic that features elegant simplicity over ornamentation. It’s a call-back to the Arts & Crafts era, where the function, wood and joinery are given primacy. It’s built to take a beating and last – if you’ve spent any time in St. Louis bars, you’ve likely encountered a table or bartop (and quite likely chairs and bar stools) from Goebel & Co. Furniture. If it can stand up to that kind of use, well….
But one of the challenges of lasting live-edge work is, of course, dealing with that edge: Why and how to remove bark without damaging the edge (and how to prep it for finish); how to flatten a large slab; filling and stabilizing cracks and voids. Goebel addresses those and more in “Working with Live Edge Tops,” but we’ve excerpted the section on using tinted epoxy for filling cracks below, for your viewing pleasure.