Traditional Joinery December 03 2014, 0 Comments

For over eleven years Patagonia Legacy has been building high quality hardwood furniture with time honored techniques that have been treasured and passed down for generations. In order for our furniture to stand the test of time, we strive for all of the pieces to be classical in design and well constructed. Traditional joinery is a time-tested method that is much stronger than modern joinery and lasts for generations, even thousands of years.  The mortise and tenon joint is the most ancient traditional joint and has recently been found in the planks of a 2,000 year old sailing vessel. Traditional Chinese architecture as old as Chinese civilization itself used this method to perfectly fit two pieces of wood without using fasteners or glue.  The stones creating Stonehenge utilize mortise and tenon joints to make the structure nearly impossible to topple over.

Early engraving of Stonehenge

Having lasted thousands of years Stonehenge demonstrates traditional joinery’s ability to withstand the rigorous use we often demand of our structures. One of the reasons the mortise and tenon can withstand the test of time so well is that it allows the wooden joint to naturally expand and contract with moisture and temperature changes without separation that would weaken the joint and cause damage to the wood pieces it’s holding together.

One of our artisans putting the finishing touches on a mortise.

Traditional joinery also allows for selective repair or reconstruction of individual components better than modern joinery methods, a major advantage should damage happen to your piece of Patagonia Legacy furniture in the next century or so.

Our Huaso Dining Table