At Studio E&R, founder Eileen O’Dea treasures the big trees that come to the studio, and says you never know when you’ll get another chance at a beautiful piece of material. “Taking big trees out and then making heirloom pieces of furniture? That was our dream, and now our dreams are coming true.”

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Like the towering trees themselves, furniture from Studio E&R represents years of growth and patience. “A woodworker’s rule of thumb for drying is one year per inch,” says Silverman, looking at the 3-inch-thick slabs they just cut from the black walnut. “We have clients who are absolutely open to waiting a year or two if they fall in love with a piece. It’s Mother Nature — sometimes you just have to wait.”

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