Inlay Bowties (Dutchmen)

Known as a bowtie, or Dutchmen, this inlay technique is used to provide structural integrity in a slab of timber that has started checking. Checking is when the end of a board begins to split through its depth. The bowtie shape of these inlayed pieces helps to stabilize the checking. We had a client come to us with this beautiful table made from a slab of Ash. As the Ash continued its drying process the…

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