Inlay

I believe your workmanship to be superb and your standards of excellence to be exacting…

Clive Davis,
Chairman & CEO, BMG

SmTable1.tifInlay is a favored part of our work. Though technically difficult and time consuming, it is one of the details of our craft that lends a richness and complexity to furniture, and is unsurpassed by any other design element. We have built a reputation for the very finest inlay work.

The art of inlay is the joining of two pieces of contrasting woods or other materials by which an exact groove or rebate is made to accept a mating part. The inlay is exactly fitted to the recess and glued in place. It is then brought flush with the surface of the field or background by use of a hand plane, scrapers, and sandpaper.

The best way to understand fine inlay is to note how well the inlay and the field mate. There should be no gaps or voids which would indicate a less than perfect fit.

Inlay dates back to the beginning of woodworking. Historically it was used to decorate what would otherwise be considered a more utilitarian piece or to enhance its balance or aesthetic value. It is used to draw attention to a particular area of the furniture, such as a dentil or frieze. It was also to demonstrate the distinguished skill of the maker. We prefer to inlay very fine line inlays, as they add elegance and a sense of control to a piece.

Inlay also may serve to frame out or outline a particularly important veneer match or pattern. Inlay is the perfect way to express two dimensional design as it is very similar to making a drawing. By employing inlay, one can add detail to a piece via a method that is as old as the craft itself.

More than 70 percent of our furniture involves inlay work which we refer to as “surgery.” Today, inlay is still rightfully perceived as one of the most complex details of our craft; requiring skill and finesse to be executed properly.

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