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Made of silky-smooth European oak, the Dovetail Bench makes a warm, inviting addition to a home or office. Its clean lines are strikingly modern, yet there is also something timeless about the simplicity of its form. Look closer and you’ll see that the bench employs the ancient craft of dovetail joinery—the interlocking of ridge and groove forms a strong yet flexible connection between separate pieces of wood. Bench showcases the joinery, giving the dovetail connections star status.
Carpenters have relied on the dovetail joint for centuries, and no wonder: it is both elegant and effective. Like a jigsaw puzzle, a wedge-shaped like a bird tail at the end of one piece of wood fits snugly within a groove in another piece. As the wood expands, contracts, and bends with changing environmental conditions, the separate pieces support and strengthen each other.
To make Dovetail Bench, we slowly dry planks of European oak for an optimal finish. We then use a high-tech mill to precision-cut the ridge and groove of the joint. The dovetail connection extends across the entirety of each plank’s end so that the parts fit together firmly and stay secure—no glue necessary.
Serener's work has a certain timeless quality, referencing the integrity of thoughtful craftsmanship and celebrating the essence of pure materials like wood, leather, and steel.