Project Description

Bowtie Joinery in USA Handmade Furniture, Texas Handmade Furniture

Project Description:

Our USA handmade & Texas handmade furniture receive bowtie joinery to stabilize any naturally formed cracks which is common in urban lumber milled from salvaged dead trees.   Many of the trees that we salvage and re-purpose have been dead for 2-3 years and sometimes more.   Cracking is part of the natural character of urban lumber & rural lumber from re-purposed trees.   They can be filled with resin in various colored mica powders.  We prefer to keep the cracks as natural as possible as they become a unique feature of our custom furniture and wood slab tables.  We see many other makers who are using bowtie or butterfly joinery more as decorate inlays.   It is imperative that the depth of the bowtie is at least 50% of the thickness of the working surface.    For example, a live edge pecan table or a walnut mid-century dining table which is 2″ thick needs to receive at least a 1″ thick bowtie to ensure proper stabilization of the joint or crack.   All out tables receive 1-1/2″ thick bowties as we are building furniture pieces that are intended to be passed down through the generations.   We also call this “generational furniture” or heirloom furniture.

Refined Elements specializes in Naturally Inspired Furniture Design and follows a "Tree to Home" concept. We physically salvage dead or dying trees across Texas and many other states. We own & operate the TX Urban Sawmill which directly supports turn-key tree reuse projects & supplies high quality wood slabs and Texas hardwood lumber. We produce some of the finest quality Live Edge Furniture, Natural Edge Furniture, Dining Tables, Walnut Furniture, Pecan Furniture, Mesquite Furniture, Texas Handmade Furniture, Native Texas Hardwood Furniture, Texas Furniture, Natural Edge Tables, Reclaimed Furniture, Live Edge Tables, Live Edge Dining Tables, Live Edge Conference Tables, Live Edge Wood, Wood Slabs, Walnut Slabs, Shelves, Countertops and Solid Wood Furniture products found anywhere in the United States.