Hi there – It’s crazy only a few days left here in August. Kids are back in school and into the groove we go. Here’s what’s going on in the shop this week. We’re addressing some cracks on a live edge slab of Honey Locust mantel that we’re working on for a client in Vail, Colorado. Even though our wood makes its way from a kiln to dry Colorado, there is often separation or slight splitting in the wood that needs to be dealt with before further damage is done. One way of stopping a crack in progress, is to install a custom dovetail key, also known as a butterfly joint or bowtie, across that area. Dovetail keys not only add strength but offer an intricate design element that should not take away from the rest of the piece. Contrast was added with a sliver of Black Walnut. They are fun to build and rewarding at the same time! Until next time – Happy Woodworking!