Either of these terms are used to describe the Timbermantels style of mantel. It just references that all efforts to refine the mantel are tempered by maintaining what nature has done in creating the piece.
Many of our pieces capture the natural/live edge feature. We are very willing and in fact pride ourselves in responding to our clients wishes when it come to the treatment of the live/natural edge i.e. length of knots and depth of cuts and/or bashes.
We are spraying a clear satin lacquer so as to bring out color but not allow it to be glossy.