How to Add Strength and Style to Any Slab
Inlays transform a flawed slab into a sturdy work of art.
Synopsis: Large slabs are stunning when used for counters, tables, beds, and benches. But they are rarely perfect. Audi Culver and Ivy Siosi turn flaws into design assets through the use of inlays. Often overlapping and always artistic, these inlays are used to mend cracks, increase thickness, add strength, and make the most of any slab’s inherent beauty.
One of the many things we do at Siosi Design + Build is work with large slabs, which we use for tables, counters, beds, and benches. Although we look for slabs that have as little checking as possible and overall good grain flow, it is rare to find one that is structurally perfect. Often imperfections lie in crucial areas that we can’t or don’t want to cut off.
We solve this problem using a technique we first tried on a large walnut slab that had a soft spot right beside…