The Final Version of “The Stoning”

Unfortunately, not a perfect photograph, this is the painting entitled, The Stoning.  Based from a story in the Gospel of John, often refered to as the Woman Caught in Adultery, in which Jesus writes in the sandThe frame is made of cherry wood.

Finished Walnut Bench


A trestle-type black walnut bench for the Big Horn River Lodge in Montana.  Of all the production pieces I have been building, the benches are the strongest design.  All mortise and tenon joinery, there are no metal fasteners or glue used in these benches.  The grain and figuring on the wide slabs of the old black walnut is very beautiful.  The white oak butterfly joint helps control the split in this piece.  Much of the walnut in the furniture I have been building over the past 15 months came from a stack of wood in a flooded basement in an abandoned house in South East Kansas. 

Benches like this one can be built on request, though it is hard to come by walnut this wide in Kansas, so the price is some-what subject to availability of the lumber.  

Rustic, or Primitive-Style Split-Oak Chair

The frame for this chair was made from a “green” white oak (Quercus alba), or probably a post-oak (Quercus stellata) quite a few years ago.  The pieces were rounded with a draw-knife.  The seat was woven with hickory bark this afternoon.   To inquire about chairs email Jack,  

Walnut Bench

An unfinished black walnut bench for the Big Horn River Lodge in Montana.  Incorporating a lot of mortise and tenon joinery, I have built quite a few of these over the past year. 

Three Painting Updates

Asher Lev and the Messenger, oil on Linen, 22″x 30″

John the Baptist, oil on panel, 8″x10″

The Stoning, oil on canvas, 22″x25″

Lathe Operation

Turning a hickory chair post.

Chair-making tools

A simple foot operated lathe for turning chair rungs.   The frame is dimension pine and the poppets, which house the points and sandwich the piece to be turned are black walnut, with the remaining pieces made of Q.S. white oak.  Go to the Traditional Woodcraft page for more on these subjects.

A shaving horse for preparing pieces for the lathe and for finish work in its own right.  It is made from part of a red oak that I milled last fall.