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 Look, I have to show you this… I’ve got butterflies!

They just flew in …  just this minute!

This is mid project… a blanket box being made by a lovely man named Andrew Poder who makes terribly intricate and clever boxes and cabinets and other daring furniture pieces.

His finished pieces are very special http://www.boxmaker.co.uk/ 

I feel quite spoiled.. like I should get everything I ask for!!! Maybe I should put fluffy bunnies on the bottom of every post I do???

This fluffy bunny was brought to you by  http://myths-made-real.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/freak-week-35-angora-rabbits.html

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One log…

     

One heart…

lets-join-it-together-with-some-lovely-little-butterfly-joints-like-Andrew-from-Wabi-Sabi-does and it will be all right….

OK, that was a dreadful wasn’t it??? I know (huge groan) look at me singing about wood joints like a fool!

Whenever I see these Wabi Sabi tables with that delicate little butterfly bridging the gap I wonder why I don’t see that clever joint more often… I have always thought it was beautiful and skillful way to address this natural tendency for centre boards to split…

I love that they’re not about decoration…  they’re not frivolous, they do a job. They neatly tie the two sides of a board (or even two separate pieces of wood) and lock the two joined parts together.

Very clever, very neat  and very pretty.

You could (as I do) take the view that instead of detracting from a board, the split or heartcrack, which might otherwise be seen as a defect or something that reduces the yield of the board, actually creates an opportunity and naturally enhances the board (and that’s not just me putting a positive slant on something as I am want to do from time to time) maintains uniqueness… keeps it’s wild, natural, living tree-ness… you know?

So are you a sympathetic, skilled and creative woodworker… are you tempted to have a go?

If you saw some of the boards out in the yard you might be tempted… it’s not just the size that’s so attractive it’s the wild grain patterns and figuring you get to keep if you could use a whole, intact board.

If you do do butterfly joints I really want to see them… please send me some pictures. I’d like to have a whole library of butterfly joints!  It’s one of my favourite things ever in furniture making… and in floormaking… I’ve seen incredible floors with huge boards stabilised with buttlerfly joints… all sizes too.. of butterflies I mean.

Here’s another Wab Sabi pic that shows exactly that kind of knots, grain swirls, brown streak, flecking  and figuring that might have to be excluded (polite timber-speak for chuck it in the firewood) in a typical project, but with the butterfly it gets to stay. Wood like this has unique features built in!

It must be the best joint every surely?

None of that hiding round corners like a dovetail.. the butterfly is brazen! it’s a proper ‘in your face, not pretending to be anything but, look at me I’m a joint…  kind of a joint. My old tutors would probably start waxing lyrical about honesty and truth in design etc… but that’s architects for you.

I love ‘brazen’…

I know other woodworkers must utilise these joints but it is definitely not commonplace… I wish it were.

American architect turned furniture maker/teacher George Nakashima used to incorporate just this kind of joint into his work. He developed a working philosophy that integrated traditional methods of woodworking from Europe, Japan, India and America.

Nakashima is a woodworking folk hero and his sensibilities and devotion to craft have influenced and opened doors for lots of creative designer/makers to view the use of wood differently. Always nice to have a bit of philospohy to work to innit?

I mean look.. this is what I’m talking about! Humongous wide boards in long lengths but with heartcrack… somebody butterfly joint it for goodness sake..!

Otherwise those tantalisingly wide boards will get ripped down (I know that is woodwork language for cutting something through the width but… so harsh) into ‘use-able’ dimensions like 27 x 100mm (1″ x 4″) or something… we don’t want that do we??

So next time you meet over a table… or sit at a table… or make a table… or choose a table for your living room…  or dance on a table in a bar… consider the butterfly effect… we love those butterflies.

Get in touch with bespoke designer/makers Andrew & Kumiko Juniper to see their diverse and extraordinary range of solid wood furniture  http://www.wabisabidesign.co.uk/index.html

George Nakashima, folk hero and furniture maker http://www.nakashimawoodworker.com/

Thinking of Google Image Searching  butterlfy joints? Already done it…  http://bit.ly/Je1CgO OMG!!!  After this an intact and clear piece of wood is just so passe darling

Repair a split using ‘Dutchman’ butterfly joints – it makes me want to go home and split my dining table in two just to have someone mend it!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMcXwmoOExI&feature=related   Andrew.. are you free???

Cool video of someone fitting what I call a butterfly joint in a round  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWrkqj_lyuo

More AMAZING japanese joinery work and what a piece of wood! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THbyIHsCVEs&feature=related

Nice article about George Nakashima http://www.woodworkersinstitute.com/page.asp?p=624

If a butterfly joint flapped it’s wings in the amazon… the theory of chaos via our friends at wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect

You don’t really read all the way down here to the bottom do you? Aren’t you lovely!

I was going to just leave a little note about heartcrack but now I think I’ll put in a picture of a fluffy bunny just for you!

This fluffy bunny was brought to you by http://bunny-love-girl.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/very-fluffy-bunny.html !!

Heartcrack:

The reason for the cracking in those centre boards?  which pretty much always crack up the middle (at least for the lower part of the tree) seems to be linked to the release of tension in the drying out of the butt end.

Common sense points to so many reasons why this would be right… base of the tree is most likely wetter, most likely bears the most load/takes the most strain,  dries out faster than than the rest of the log because of the exposed endgrain… I could go on, but I won’t.  It’s only a crack afterall…  good old mother nature.

Come and hug a log that used to be a tree http://www.englishwoodlandstimber.co.uk

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I have never smelled anything like this!

This little treat  is courtesy of our friends at Besmoke who gifted this beautiful smoked garlic in return for Oak sawdust and shavings from our machine shop… 

Now that ‘s what I call a perk of the job !!  

  

The Besmoke guys are based over near Arundel in their newly kitted out ‘smoke shop’ .

They have an incredible business smoking herbs, garlics, oils and all sorts of delicious food stuffs. Not surprisingly, people just can’t get enough of they’re smokey flavours so in turn they can never get enough of our Oak sawdust!   

Want some of that super smokey flavour for yourself?

Well, you can visit @besmokefoods if you’re on twitter or plain old www.besmoke.com if you’re not! 

Or you can get in here quick because we have a few bulbs of the georgous garlic left… LOOK.. we’re re-gifting !

First come first served I’m afraid people…

This is what the internet was invented for  http://www.bewitched.net/

Not convinced? maybe Garlic Central can help… http://www.garlic-central.com/garlic-health.html

Great website from The Garlic Farm in Newchurch on the Isle of Wight  http://thegarlicfarm.co.uk/

If you’re utterly addicted now then forget Glastonbury you need this…  http://www.garlic-festival.co.uk/

So you’re a do it yourself kind of person huh?.. ok then.. do it yourself… http://www.brookshomesmokers.co.uk/index.htm

And some ‘how to’ for you DIY-ers.. http://www.forfoodsmokers.co.uk/acatalog/Food_Smoking_FAQ.html

Good old wikipedia…  never lets you down… bit of info in here on why you would use Oak and why wood in general..  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoking_(cooking)

And yes…   if you need some lovely Oak sawdust we’ll turn our backs whilst you fill a bag or two from the hopper ( the scoop is hanging on the right hand side!).

Also..  I don’t like to say I told you so but…  Oak..? smoked garlic…?  answer to life the universe and everything ? I think it’s pretty clear I did tell you so. 

I don’t just make this stuff up you know*…  (thanks to Dave by the way, for keeping the dream alive!) 

Want to get your hands on that sawdust hopper? http://www.englishwoodlandstimber.co.uk/find_us.html

*of course I am making alot of this stuff up!

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of Life, the Universe and Everything …

is blatantly not 42…  it is Oak. (more…)

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Now tell me that doesn’t look edible to you..?? Well it’s not a Burr Oak souffle more’s the pity…  we’d be sorted for lunch! (more…)

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Say ‘Hello’  to Mr Dave Fry, seasoned veteran of timber haulage, sitting comfortably in his cab after a hard days hauling and smiling as always… (more…)

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It’s all about the wood.

It’s why we do what we do. It’s all we do.

Our work  is to produce beautiful timber. It’s the kind of work that hasn’t changed in over 30 years… and the same can probably be said for our methods but that is a good thing!

We’re all working with a knowledge that has been passed down through the company since the sawmill was started on this site in the 1940’s (wanna see some pictures? … give me a few days… I know I put them somewhere round here) .

So I thought it might be interesting to try to capture some of the ‘how’ of what we do.

The guys seemed quite into that, so one day Graham and Grant went to work with a camera and this is what they gave me.

How we put a log into ‘stick’

I think it’s a nice place to start because it’s the near beginning of  life-in-the-yard if you’re a piece of wood…   ready?

Hang on it’s a roller coaster ride!

So, the log Graham and Grant are working on here is a 46mm thick (will be 41mm stock), prime Oak cut through & through (T&T). It’s one of a mixed parcel of Sweet Chestnut, Oak & Pippy Oak that were cut in the first week of January this year.

First of all the freshly cut, tightly banded log gets retrieved from the yard and brought to a good flat working space with the loadall. The back of Peter’s kiln dried shed is a favourite spot… out of the weather and within earshot of Cliff and the Shadows ! (more…)

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