We are a small family and neighborhood based business on Whidbey Island in central Puget Sound. Revolving around our core staff is a network of craftspeople who join us for larger projects. Our restoration work at Paradise Inn on Mt. Rainier is a good example of how our process works. Many talented people joined us over a two-year period for significant parts of this work. Collaboration is the bedrock of our business.
Live Edge Woodworks
Kim Hoelting, Founder
Builder, Designer, Lumberman
Kim has often said that he was born to do this work, and it shows. His energy and enthusiasm permeates everything he does. Although his work has traveled to many other countries, he is most proud of his contributions to the artistic landscape of his beloved Puget Sound.
Kim is a third generation native of the Northwest, who spent his childhood and youth exploring its saltwater beaches and climbing its mountain peaks. As a young boy he began building elaborate rafts, tree houses, and experimenting with landscape design. This early understanding of the relationship between form and function, landscape and design, developed into a life-long passion.
After receiving a BA in Architecture and Urban Planning, Kim followed his heart into woodworking. His early carpentry training involved an eclectic mix of builders and craftsmen, including formative years with sculptor, Dudley Carter.
Kim’s upbringing led him naturally to two important industries of the region – salmon fishing and timber. This hands-on experience deepened his education, eventually leading to the study of forest ecology and sensible building practices, long before they were fashionable. His business now encompasses the entire journey of wood, from forest to sawmill to finished product.
Kim is most proud of the deep and enduring network of suppliers and customers that surround him on a daily basis. This diverse community of loggers, sawyers, truckers, architects, builders and woodworkers is the glue that holds this whole enterprise together.