Making progress on another commissioned Dutchman headboard. Each piece in the Dutchman collection begins with a wood slab that has imperfections…usually large cracks or bug holes. The transformation is a very gratifying process.
I came across this monolithic slab of walnut half buried in the mud at a local mill. It was soaking wet, completely weathered, and had some bug issues. The slab was 7″ thick, but I had to remove a full inch in order to clean it up and flatten it.
I used reclaimed douglas fir blocks for the base, and finished them with an ebonizing process.
The coffee table finished out at 60″ long, 18″ wide, and 15″ hi.
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Dutchman patches and bow ties for three days straight on this live edge walnut headboard. The “Dutchman patch” is an inlay technique that has been around forever (AKA: butterflies, bow ties, keys, etc) . These repairs and reinforcements are commonly seen on boats, furniture, doors, etc. The photo below shows an antique with some dutchman patches. I’ll post more photos of the headboard when I get it finished.