Month: October 2012

Three legs!

  Sometimes I get a strange or confused look when talking about green or “tree wet” woodworking. Maybe like seeing Darth Vader on the Dumbo ride at the amusement park. Kinda makes ya scratch your head and say really? is that possible? but then I accept it and think hey maybe the guy just likes to fly no matter what he’s piloting. Well thank goodness I didn’t get that look from the good people at the Howard county woodworkers guild the other week, maybe they were briefed in advance. I made another one of these three leg stools. So now there are three but the Apple one sold I think, so now were back to two,one is 20.5″ high and the other 21.5″, they are great shop stools or whatever, that seems to be a good counter height, so they would work in the kitchen/house as well.Kids like them too! The seats are walnut that I acquired in log form five or so years ago and had it milled into 2″ + planks then sticker-ed to air dry. It has Carpenter Ant holes for character and no their are no ants residing in in the seats, they are long gone. The legs are Red Oak riven from the log, they also have holes from worms, wormy oak, I didn’t plan it that way it’s just what I have at the present time. They will go up on the store page when I get a chance but for now if your interested email me – [email protected] $300.00 each no metal fasteners, made with hand tools, grown locally Waterlox satin finish with past wax.

Howard County Woodworkers Guild

I’m doing a spoon and bowl carving demo at the Howard County woodworkers guild this weekend 10/13/12. A guild is a great way to broaden your woodworking horizons, you know get out from behind that solitary bench of yours maybe brush the coffee stains off your teeth that day, or not, and come watch the chips fly!   I’m not happy with my picture taking in the shop, sorry about the ugly oil tank in the background, life in a small shop, but hopefully you get the idea. The three leg on the right has a Waterlox tung oil finish and the one on the left has no finish. The way the light catches it really shows the Medullary Rays, those shiny bits on the legs and darker areas on the foot rest are abundant on most of the pieces I make because of the way I get the parts, riven from the log not sawn. Each piece split out has two sides that are on the ray plane or quartersawn in industry speak. These are great little stools for the artist in all of us, they’re low so your feet will be comfortably on the ground or up on the foot rest or crossed. I was doing the farmers markets in Baltimore for a few years and sold some chairs and stools to musicians and painters and always liked knowing that, and have wanted a stool for the shop that’s versatile. I really like using it when working on spoons or to take a break. There’s not a lot of tool involved in making them either. Scrub plane, 4/12, adze, travisher, in-shave and a brace and bit. Some hand saws and I use a cordless to drill the stretcher mortises. The tenons are turned on the lath but you could use a tenon former. A spoke shave is used to soften edges and a chisel and mallet to level the protruding legs and wedges on the top of the seat. After the legs are split out and dry they are tapered on the table saw.Hmmmm that’s kind of a lot of tools. Spoon making tools: piece of Sassafras, axe, knife and gouge. GO O’s!!!!