Lift Earth Rise , compositional sketch on guitar
The stool declared loudly by snapping every black walnut rung I made- that it must be white oak throughout. OK, says I, you win.
Still much work to be done, however, as of yet the most complete sense of a stool that has pretty much dictated itself, and made me sweat in the process, and I still have to build his hopefully less mercurial brother.
Below: shaping the underside of the seat.
Below are some photographs from the process of the rough-shaping and bending (green) of post-oak, which is a variety of white oak, for use as legs in a pair of 3-legged stools -hopefully.
First the log was cut and split. This one has quite a of twist, which I am hoping to integrate into the design of the stools.
Next the halves are split into quarters and then into eighths with froe at the brake (no photos), then the eighths were trimmed with the hatchet.
After trimming the pieces are shaped down with drawknife at the horse.
After this rough shaping each piece was place in a form and bent using clamps, the clamps were removed after a few days and were replaced with wire. The legs will remain in the forms until they are dry and I am ready to shape them to final size.
For deep information on working with green wood please see Peter Follansbee’s blog.
Repairing a hickory and oak chair that was brought to me with a broken front leg.
Riven white oak leg, turned on the lathe then bent green in the form.
Marking the tenon on the top of the leg.
Splitting the waste from the tenon with a chisel.
Cleaning up the tenon with a rasp.
Workbench top with the leg and tools.
Drilling the holes for the stretchers with a brace.
The chair with its new leg.
Completed hickory stool and chair with hickory bark seats. For some pictures of the seats being woven in see the Traditional Woodcraft page.