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Behind the Bowtie: A Journey of Perfectionism and Bespoke Craftsmanship

william head from WHCreations standing in the door way of the workshop

Welcome to my workshop, where wood whispers untold stories and each creation becomes a reflection of passion and meticulous detail. For me, crafting furniture isn't just about nails and sawdust; it's about channeling a piece of myself into every bespoke piece. When a client entrusts me with their vision, they're not just buying a handcrafted marvel, they're acquiring a slice of my dedication and relentless pursuit of perfection, bordering on "OCD perfectionism" as some might say.


Recently, a captivating project landed on my workbench: 

A Japanese-style coffee table with a unique repair, showcasing the natural beauty of the wood and the craftsmanship involved.

recreating a cherished Japanese-style coffee table in solid black wood. The client's meticulous color choice, an intense black, instantly hooked me. Collaborating with Rubio Monocoat, I embarked on the mission to deliver the sleek, minimalist design they desired.



 

But, as with any creative journey, unexpected detours emerged. The initial timber selection

close up of oak wood with crack split in one side

revealed a small check, a common occurrence during kiln drying. However, due to the specific dimensions, simply discarding it wasn't an option. Transparency is paramount, so I informed the client, proposing a discreet "bowtie" inlay to fortify the wood. Their response? Not only were they on board, but they also placed their complete trust in my vision, allowing me to prioritize the table's longevity over superficial perfection.



 

A square cut out in a piece of oak wood there is glue in the hole and the glue is covering a knot

As the project unfolded, another challenge surfaced – a hidden knot that transformed into a sizeable hole. Opting for quick fixes wasn't in my vocabulary. Instead, I chose to celebrate the wood's unique journey by incorporating a contrasting oak patch. This wouldn't disguise the "imperfection," but instead, it would tell a story of resilience and add a touch of character.



 

william head from whcreations staring at the top of a commission table that is coloured black

Remember, when you choose bespoke craftsmanship furniture, you're not just acquiring an object; you're investing in a one-of-a-kind creation that transcends ordinary furniture. It becomes a testament to your individuality, a conversation starter, and a piece that will stand the test of time. So, if you're ready to transform your space with a handcrafted marvel that reflects your unique vision, let's collaborate!



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