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Sister Hog, Brother Tree, and the Voice of Copper: a Celebration of Long Labor and Process

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Champion Table Build, Part 4: Base & Arc

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preparing to fit the base to the leg assembly

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defining a semicircle with 3 saw cuts

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3 saw cuts get refined into facets with a paring chisel

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and again

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then shaped with a rasp

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the base of one of the leg assemblies after the 1/2 lap-tapered dado has been cut

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here, mated with the white oak leg

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a different piece of white oak being shaped with a rasp, one of three slats joining the top of the leg assemblies together and to the table top

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the slats also receive a long bevel

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the slats will rest in the notches being cut into the top of this leg section

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clearing out material from the notch with a 1″ chisel

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establishing the final depth with a router plane

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here the slats are temporarily in place

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an arsenal of shaping tools to begin sculpting the legs

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shaping inside-curves of the leg assembly with an aggressive rasp

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forming a radius where the legs meet the base

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the preliminary drawings had a horizontal stretcher connecting the two leg assemblies at floor level. Having rough-shaped the components and taking a look, I started visualizing an arc instead. PVC pipe (already bent from a previous life in some low garden tunnels) offered a quick prototype to help see how it would look.

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the arc made sense, so now setting about squaring up a white oak timber for re-sawing

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re-sawn white oak and a glue-lamination form ready to make an arc

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the glue lamination in the form- my 8 year old son was indispensable in this process, helping to roll glue, assemble, and clamp

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rhythm is in unity to woodwork

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the white oak timber, reconfigured as a messy arc

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work for the jack plane

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now the smoothing plane

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cutting the tapers along the length of the arc at the band saw

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marking the taper at the width

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cutting the taper at the width

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more elbow grease with the smoothing plane

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shaping the many curves and facets along the arc, first with a drawknife

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then with spokeshave

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establishing details with knife

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facets ease into curves

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test fitting- some refining-shaping to go yet

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setting the location of the chamfers on the leg-base

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shaving away rasp markings

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carving corner transitions

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so many details to bring together- here the leg base is about done.

That’s it for this round- next week there will be lots of sanding, also carving and inlay work as the table finally starts to become unified. Thank you to everyone for following along, and for your encouraging comments.

The Eternal Present

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Summer waxing

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into eternal presence

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ancient thunder quivers along the crust

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twinning amongst and toppling titans

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the smallest witnesses quiet as their gaze

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oldest of fault lines wrought with terror for men

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Ragnarok not yet come to cleave a line between

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the fruits of Eden and the curse

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brothers old as Abel and Cain

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approach the day with a steady gate

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mend the tack and the linkage

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the work the day is ready to hand

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unfold unfold great sheets unfold

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the heavens rain diamonds from the mouth of God

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the rye bends, the wheat and barley bend, the corn the teff bend low, below

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rust and blood speak and spin

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the day is new again

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tension speaks in unheard frequencies

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felt, like order drawn from skeins of chaos

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a fragment of destiny

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order from a mystic mind

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elder memories

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ancient fodder, best fodder

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tools for the telling of

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tools for the remembering of

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the days when Noah stored up faith

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quieted his family with peace

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as the rim of the earth spilled over

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rolling stones 

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adjoining man with the presence

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again, Noah enters day

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moored, listening

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breathing presence in

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wrested in grace

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see how the earth remembers differently

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manifest ancient eternal presence

The Priesthood of the Land

“In some places the mysterious relation man has with sheep has never been forgotten, people have not so far left the land, and still honor the sheep who help them to live on it.  For them there is joy of life in the shearing of the sheep…” Kevin Ford, Shearing Day.

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Through Winter

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