Transforming dead wood into live edge tables

A live-edge table with the use of dutchman joints in a nearby NYC office. 

NEW YORK — Fallen Industry, a reclaimed wood design shop based in Brooklyn, recently attended the ICFF 2024 design show in May. Their specialty is live-edge tables, desks, and specific furniture pieces for clients. The use of traditional methods and eco-friendly practices make Fallen Industry a favorite among corporate offices like Netflix, Amazon, and Apple in New York. 

Fallen Industry was started by Paul Kruger (pictured front) in 2011. After seeing a piece of driftwood in the Hudson River, his creativity sparked and what became an outlet turned into a profitable business. Kruger and his team specialized in live edge tables, shelves, and other furniture. 

The reclaimed wood comes from all over the country. “We work with 300 mills and arborists across the country,” Kruger states. “So, if a tree is going to fall into someone's house, or knocked down to the construction for example, the material gets salvaged - that’s where our material comes from most of the time.”

The company creates furniture based on client’s needs and specifications, utilizing traditional and trending practices on their pieces. Kruger says, “The dutchman joints we use were inspired by George Nakashima. He was one of the forefront people who put live edge wood on the map.” 

Along with the joints to keep the live edges in place, the company also uses epoxy. Dutchman joints are used to keep the wood's natural organic qualities, so the cracks don't spread and damage the live edges. In this day and age, they're not 100% necessary. “I personally like them,” he says. “A lot of others don't see the point. I see them as traditional joinery, but to each their own world.”
A lot of detailing goes into each project for the company’s designs, from the client's ideas, to 3D modeling, to the final product. One aspect is the use of hand tools in certain instances. “Machines will destroy if you go too fast. It can rip up. You have to do things carefully,” Kruger explains. “That's when the hand tools come in. We do it by hand when precision calls for it. That includes the dutchman joints, or, just any kind of detailing that we need to do.” 

To learn more about Fallen Industry and their live edge tables, visit


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Dakota Smith | Editorial Intern

Dakota Smith is an undergraduate student at New Jersey City University studying English and Creative Writing. He is a writer at heart, and a cook by trade. His career goal is to become an author. At Woodworking Network, Dakota is an editorial intern, ready to dive into the world of woods and words.