This wide slab of reclaimed White Oak has been sitting around the studio for a few years now. It is starting to split in a few places, so I wanted to get it butterflied. I have a few small pieces of African Blackwood that is very dense and strong and a good neutral-tone choice for butterflies. First the butterflies are cut. Once they are outlined on the top with a razor knife, the bulk of the material can be routed out with a small bit. After that, they are fitted with careful, patient chisel work.