Butcher Block

The second piece of handiwork I will highlight in Durt’s Corner is not the benches I promised you (those are still to be made).

Dusty’s inspiration was turned in another direction after Saturday’s trip to the junk treasure yard.

While rummaging through what looked like a huge pile of rubbish to find the jarrah wood Dusty needed to make our dining benches, we stumbled across what most would see as just one more hunk of old wood, but what we saw as “the coolest” hunk of a beam!  Beautifully weathered and obviously hand-chiseled revealing its old OLD age.  A quick chat with the man in charge, a swift little barter, and we left the yard grinning from ear to ear pulling a trailer full of old, gnarly, AMAZING wood (including hunky beam) back to our cottage for… well you’ll see…

So that old chunky beam turned out to be another piece of wood reclaimed from the old Godley House torn down after the canterbury earthquakes (I also spoke of this neat old house in Woodworkin’).  In fact ALL of the new wood (all jarrah) was from that historic building, which dates back to the 1800’s.  1880 to be exact.  And if you are curious, like I am, and want to read a little more on this historic homestead, you can check out this link.  Anyhow… THAT BEAM… provided the inspiration for a butcher block we spoke of making since we arrived.

Dusty wanted to highlight the chunky beam and its hand-hewn notches.  The beam was sanded to reveal its beautiful red wood and tight grain, but Dusty left the character notches intact and untouched. He also left the base as rustic as possible so as to support the block but not take away from its star-dom.  The legs left untouched maintain their understated, original, hand-chiseled magnificence that is noticed only upon closer inspection and gives the base itself its own applause; however this newly discovered charm in the base only serves to more perfectly enhance the top.  For the shelf below Dusty utilized some of the remaining walnut used in the dining table; again an unnoticed feature at first, but stunning upon closer examination.

That is way too many words to say what I really want to say…

Our new butcher block is TOTALLY AWESOME and an EXCEPTIONALLY FUNCTIONAL addition to our cottage kitchen.

Great job Durt!  I love it!

Thanks a bunch Hun!




One thought on “Butcher Block

  1. Yeah so fun taking someone’s “trash” to make it into a treasure!
    This reminds me of Tim, Jamie’s husband, when we visited them in Togiac Alaska. They picked us up from the tiny dirt runway, driving a 4-wheeler pulling a wagon ….which Tim had constructed from “trash” he had taken from the town land fill. It was beautiful and rustic and perfectly functional.
    I will send u a photo sometime on email.
    Rustic is in! And I love it!

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