WilBi Designs: handcrafted from reclaimed wood
I am a woodworking craftsman creating frames, cutting boards, game boards, and mirrors using inlay work and wood joinery. I used reclaimed salvaged wood, evaluating each piece to determine the design and fabrication approach that will best reveal the quality of the wood. The design is inspired by the Arts and Crafts Style.
Arts and Crafts Style:
The design of many of the frames and cutting boards are inspired by the Arts and Crafts Style. I create unique frame styles and cutting boards with bold inlay patterns that appear to braid like rope resulting in a visually dynamic enclosure that will accentuate mirrors, special pieces of artwork and photographs and accentuate the design in any kitchen. While the process of creating the frame is standard for each frame type, the eye and the hand of the craftsman make each one an original product.
The wood used for these products is salvaged from millwork scrap piles, demolition work, or cleanup projects that would otherwise have sent the material to a landfill or to be burned. Because source is different, I evaluate the lot to determine the design and fabrication approach that will best reveal the quality of the wood.
The frames are designed with wood joinery only and no metal fasteners or other metal devices are included in the final product. Special notches are provided in the back of the frame for wall mounting.
Inlays and Finishes:
All inlay work including assembly of laminated pieces, special cutting and shaping, and installation and fitting is done on-site. The lacquer is also applied at the shop to provide a durable, satin finish.