Woodworkers have used Dovetail Keys, Dutchman Joints or Butterfly Joints, both decoratively and structurally, since ancient times. They were particularly prominent on 18th century Dutch tables, which is why they are sometimes referred to as Dutchman joints.
Originally used to prevent cracks from expanding in ships hulls or to join two boards together, Butterflies are now used not only for these purposes but also for decoration. At Lorimer Studios we are well versed in their utilization for structural purposes, to prevent a small crack from growing, as well as in a more decorative vein. We can provide butterflies in a variety of woods and even metal, depending on your taste.
Call or email Lorimer Studios today. We’ll get you on your way to your own custom dream-table – and we may even give you butterflies!