An Ode To the Mighty Mortise and Tenon Joint

An Ode To the Mighty Mortise and Tenon Joint

In woodwork’s sacred hall, where craftsmen dwell. They find a joint so strong, they all can tell, a mortise and tenon,  A bond so tight, it’s forever true.

With precision and care, they carve and chisel. A marriage of wood, a perfect fit.

The mortise’s hole, so straight and true Awaiting the tenon, to pass on through

The tenon’s end, so smooth and square Fitting snugly, with nary a hair, A joint so tight, it’s hard to believe, A mark of skill, for all to see.

With mallet’s strike and glue’s embrace. The joint is formed, a lasting place. For beams and frames to stand so tall. A joint so true, it won’t ever fall

So raise a glass, to the mortise and tenon. A joint so strong, it will never weaken. In woodwork’s realm, it reigns supreme. A mark of excellence, for all to dream.


Contact me if you would like me to build you a custom piece of furniture using traditional joinery like mortise and tenon joints that will last generations.

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I’m the owner of Benham Design Concepts, a mixed media art studio where I design and build custom furniture and other works of art using wood, glass, stone, and various metals.
In this blog, I talk about the art I create, my journey, and the things I learn along the way.

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