Understated fan details and parquetry grace this oak floor.
SHOP OWNER: Barbara Gill
LOCATION: Urbanna, VA
This floor was designed for a kitchen renovation in a 18th-century home. The owners were at opposite ends of the spectrum; he wanting a spectacular floor with walnut and oak fans and walnut inlay around the perimeter. She wanted a simple plank floor. My husband's oak design, shown here, was a compromise of subtle elegance that delighted everyone.
The flooring was milled from mostly quartersawn white oak that I had sawn a number of years ago for the homeowners. At the time they did not have any idea the wood would be used for flooring.
The main part of the floor is plank, with a parquet inlay around the perimeter of the room. In two opposing corners of the room we inlaid 23-in.-radius fans that just "kiss" a figured oak key piece, where the inlay border changes direction. The other two corners have larger fans. The finish is a DuraSeal oil/wax. My partner and I did all the milling, installation and finishing.
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