Well here I am once more working on something that’s a first for me, seeing things as I go and gaining more experience with each shaving thick or thin. These exercises in artisanship have taught me a great amount of many do’s and some don’ts…lol
For this project I wanted a piece that I could have in my living room that had a feeling of energy and a renaissance vibe to it. I have had the opportunity so far to laminate, cut and smooth out my first set of legs.
This work being all handtools took a little more time to make things right as bare eye can attest to…lol, so I glady took that time to make my sides even up and cross my fingers for the laying out of the mortices.
Pic 1-3: Going to task on the mortices was a far more improved output than in previous endeavours. Of course that is only the actual mortice work…the joining of the tenons will be something altogether different…lol. I have learned to get your mortice work to move along with good structure, always keep the bevel of your chisel in the direction you are moving towards. This helps to really take a great deal of wood down in height…almost to the point where you need to be careful and flip your work piece before you break out! The measures here were total old school eye and instincts….of course actual measures were taken….but this sort of work really demands you to pick it up in the confidence area. Sometimes you just have to reach down within yourself and make things happen. I find this work a never ending fascination of tightroping along with humble hands that execute with strong belief!...lol. If I was to think any other way…I might as well put the tools away and close the shop up…..and if my brain is not processing the information in the correct manner….I do just that and down goes the door…..lol!
Pic 4: Now that we have the wood removed we can trace the pattern to the new lamination and do it all again!
Pic 5-7: This time I choose to make relief cuts around the entire pencil trace and will copesaw in small increments which allows for an easier time working the cope saw around the design. Knots and all…..the wood of any species always has it’s challenges planned for the road ahead. I see some speed bumps…..lmao. But we can always find a spot on the map and get to point b.
Pic 8-10: Time for some mock up shots…..these are total roughs friends…..I just needed to get the view of the 2 legs and something I could drop on like a table top….this is far from how can look….lol. I really love the side flow of the curves…..almost like easing waves….I almost went with more harsh, sharp and gothic like cut out embellishments…..I am glad I stuck to my guns and went with my first internal idea.
Ok….we are getting there and this is looking close to the sketched plan that would look like scibbled pencil to most….lol.
This project is all about chances…new directions. I have past pieces that I am proud of more for the fact that I took a risk rather than how it ultimately looked when finished. I think that is important in this hobby…..find your style…..but also try something new. I have little interest in doing a total copy of a time treasured classic, of matching a historical artistic stlye curve by curve. I feel this stage of the wood work game needs to be with my specific spirit…..rebellious, free of styles in some ways.
As in my knowledge of music and teaching students the guitar….I have always said…..none of these chords or scales are new….we are just using them as tools….and finding our personal touches and ideas with them…....I feel this is the case with woodworking.
You may spend your hours and work on a copy of someone elses ideas, or you can take that time and find out what your own imagination may surprise you with using various routines and exercises from many past masters!
No matter wether you copy or create something brand new from your own minds eye….if you are having fun….you have nothing to be bothered by but much to learn from and enjoy.
Thanks for your time and inspirations.
More next time, be well!
-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB