Butterfly joints for decorative and structural wood repair have been in use since ancient times. Probably introduced to the early Hawaiians from the ships that sailed to Hawaii in the whaling days, the Hawaiians were quick to adapt several styles of wood reinforcing joints and called the butterfly joints Pewas. In modern times it has become a value added item in woodworking and can often make the difference in a sale of a turned item with a crack that has been addressed with one or more butterflies. Here are two sites that will help you get started.
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