....and so i now come to an update on the progress of such a one, such as this….’my providere….
And so this story begins in the early days of our country, long before the times of Greene and Greene, (and I am meaning no disrespect here at all) when our carpenters of colonial days were fresh of the boats and in a new world. These carpenters were shipwrights who had come to the new world and now found much use for their talents in ‘the land of opportunity’. We also have the French who later came down from Canada and settled in that area we now call the Adirondacks of upstate New York. Coming here to trap, hunt and act as guides, these also out of necessity for needing furniture and keeping a busy mind during the long winter months, learned to build what we now call rustic furniture. I probably should write more on this subject in my series at: ”Rustic” by RusticWoodArt ; http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/frank/blog/510 and so I will hold off for now on further comment.
....now back to the story about ‘providere’! I’m going to hold off on dimensions at this point to keep some height of suspense to this story book fable, but there are enough clues in the pictures as to give one reference points for making decisions as to dimensions. Ha!....I kind of like that, ‘decisions as to dimensions’....or how about “Decisions of Demented Dimensions” as all played out on a 3D landscape, I’ll have to save that thought for a future story. Hmmm, just cannot seem to keep to my story line this morning….
I now have a table top that is (....) slab and roughly (....) hundred years old, while the back board is as I have already mentioned, cherry from a piece of branch wood. Side boards are of 1st cut pine which I ran through a planner and kept the ‘live edge’.
....I had to leave this piece of ‘character in the wood when I cut the top yesterday. I used the Japanese Takuma pull saw to cut all my ends of wood for square, just love that saw….
....So far now the tools of use have been the broadax, timber slick, timber chisel, sandpaper , pocketknife, wood rasp, drawknife, Porter Cable worm drive trim saw, planner and lets not forget pencil. You will also notice in this picture that I was able to get the knot hole in the sideboard to line up with the depression in the table top…..
....now I can move out of the shop into the front area of the barn, where I have proceeded to take a piece of oak and rive it into four separate pieces with froe and mallet….
....and yes after the riving is done, I then proceeded to use the timber slick and timber framing chisel to start smoothing out the legs….
Next work in order is to start hand carving my wooden nails to use in the attaching of all wood and also start hand making my mortise and tenons….wood working at it’s best and it doesn’t get any better then this!
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/