I was always interested in building things then woodworking came along due in part to the accessibility of materials, kind of like metal without the need for heavy involved tools to do simple tasks. A hand saw compared to a cutting torch.Then in the early nineties I discovered green woodworking and was hooked. I think its safe to say most green wood enthusiast make a ladder back for the first riven furniture project, it encompasses all aspects of working wood from the live tree to finished usable piece and those techniques can then easily be tweaked to make other things using green woodworking techniques and the knowledge and understanding is there to experiment with other joinery techniques creating endless images in the brain. Having the time to put the image to wood and tool can be the hardest part.
I tried a new back post bend, the chair in the middle on the bench and the frame on the floor don’t have the traditional bending relief and that adds a level of difficulty and guess-work. There is no flat surface to reference for rung and slat mortise. I penciled in where it would be and used grain orientation to get the post flare I wanted, another advantage to riven wood, grain orientation is easy to read, not here one minute gone the next. I like it, it’s not as sweeping as I thought it would be, keep playing with the bend.
Now for seating , Hickory bast is my favorite the picture at the top of my page, the header, is a close up of a woven hickory bark seat. But having some trouble finding a dealer. I was getting it from Brian Boggs but he doesn’t seem to be selling it like he used to and the other place I found runs about a hundred bucks a seat! ouch! I put the word out to my wood friends that I want a good Hickory to harvest bast in a couple of months too. This is a tough time of year, suppliers are usually out by now, at least the good stuff is gone. The time to get it is when the sap is really running like in the spring , early June seems to be about right for this area. I harvested it once before a long time ago.
Two more sets that have been steam bent since this pic .
I, like many here in the north county have been thinking a lot lately about warm water, blue skies and tight lines, well I can dream! with a little help from the internet.
This record braking Tuna was caught earlier this month. 805 lbs! Man how long that must have taken to get to the boat and what the angler must have thought when first laid eyes on it.Tru watermen down there it’s always risky running off shore from the outer banks but this time of year seems more unpredictable if that’s possible. I know I have cabin fever when I start checking the Red Drum forums when im not even close to going there, and found this video of a pod of Orca off Hatteras, I didnt know they visit this area.
It’s tough to watch. Full report can be found here.
This one is better quality