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New Images of Butterfly Singer Table

Sold Table Gets New Digs

"Butterfly Singer Sewing Table": Bloodwood inlayed into Birdseye Maple, polyester resin, 1901 Singer sewing machine treadle
“Butterfly Singer Sewing Table”: Bloodwood inlayed into Birdseye Maple, polyester resin, 1901 Singer sewing machine treadle

As I kick off the new year with updated images, I’ve been given special access to re-shoot a sold piece. This is a piece of furniture I made a few years ago and has gone into the home of a dear collector of my work. Among the first things you’ll notice is the bloodwood butterfly joints recessed into the birdseye maple top. Some call this joint a bowtie, double dovetail, or key joints. These two butterfly joints span a laminated seam and are additionally aided by internal biscuit joints along that seam.  All inlays were hand chiseled. The bloodwood keys are naturally that alizarin in color which is primarily where the name blood-wood comes. Coated with a thick layer of polyester resin, this whole top sits above a fully restored 1901 Singer sewing machine treadle with a rare maple wood spindle arm that helps drive the fly-wheel from the foot-pedal.

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