Meditation stools #1: from roofrafter from a friend, to twin seats of love.

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Meditation stools
from roof rafter from a friend, to twin seats of love.

Since my friend Jamie posted one of his seiza benches / meditations stools, I have wanted to make me one.
I do meditate, but usually sit in the lotus when I do.
But a meeting a wonderful woman who meditates, a walk together in the woods, inspired me to finally get into this project. Yes love is an amazing force of motivation.

As so often before, a sketch in my little book, to get an idea about where I was going.
Just the basics, so I can play as I go along.

So we start on a day where the light is beautiful, the atmosphere is calm and my heart is warm.

Ohhh yes and in my shop, that finally got the French cleat up, this because my heart was full of love and I was expecting a visit there from a special woman.

This is how it starts.
A roof rafter I was given from one of my good friends Jakob.

Cut of a piece that was the width of two seats.

Then a little Camellia oil on the sole of the plane.

Making shaves, until the surface is flat and the wood glows.

Sides also.

A cut down the center of each side, to define the lowest part of the seats.

Finally I get the chance to use my boat builder’s adze.

Must admit it took some focus, cost some sweat, but I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed so much to feel the wood, read the fibers, the grain, the direction and then adjust it to my strokes.
Something wonderful basic about this.
Wonderful jazz on the stereo and shaves flying all around me.
I found out that my Japanese workbench was a gem for giving the needed support as I was using the adze.

Now to finish the seats I wanted to try different tools.
I put them all out and set up my shaving horse bench.

First with a circular plane, as soon as the iron was dead sharp it was a joy and all I really needed was to read the grain.

The drawknife was my favorite, it is so much in the hands, so much feel and it leaves some wonderful tool marks.

Made this leather piece for protecting the wood when using the holdfast.

Once the seats were shaped, it was time to separate them.
Just as in a good relationship, it is good to made from the same piece, but to give each other room to sitting alone.

End of part one.

Hope this can bring some inspiration, perhaps some peaceful moments or thoughts of love.

Best thoughts,


-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 455 days ago

I love to see you having fun. that shop setting looks perfect for you and you never make any machine noise to bother the neighbors!! Nice job on the lesson of building with hand tools!!..................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 455 days ago

Excellent! Glad to hear you have love in your life, what a wonderful motivator. The shop looks amazing, organized and full of light. The adz produces sweat and chips. Take care.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#3 posted 455 days ago

Your new shop is a thing of beauty. It has been lived in for such a short time, but it already has a warmth that is hard to miss. It’s always nice to see how you work.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#4 posted 455 days ago

Very Cool looking Shop..

Off again on a journey to remember !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 455 days ago

Very inspirational. Your work is an example of love to wood. Thanks.

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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#6 posted 455 days ago

Shop is awe inspiring. Good to hear that you have an interest. Make shavings.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#7 posted 455 days ago

I think im in love…

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#8 posted 455 days ago

Looks good Mads.
I learned something new from you today.
When I saw your adze, my first thought was that it wasn’t a shipwright’s adze but was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt so I googled it to see and although there is precious little on the web about adzes, I found that you were correct.
My adze , and all the adzes I have seen used in wooden boat shops,(very few of them still in use even when I was learning) is (were) lipped adzes and were used exclusively across the grain. I’ve never seen your type used in a boatyard. In fact there are apparently two kinds of shipwright’s adzes, lipped and plain. .... who knew??

I thought you might enjoy a couple of photos. The first is my adze with it’s best friend, the slick.

The second is the only shot I have of me using it.

Good blog Mads. You have a wonderful way and a contagious spirit.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#9 posted 455 days ago

I looks like we have lost you to the Japanese Mads! No matter, we always learn something new from you and it will be fun watching you make something interesting in an interesting way.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 455 days ago

Love, the Oriental philosophies and wood working- it just doesn’t get any better than that !

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Don W

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#11 posted 455 days ago

I love the shop. You always have a unique process to show us. Your posts always make me smile.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#12 posted 455 days ago

I just see joy in your work.
That is a very good thing.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 455 days ago

Love the new shop. Track lights are a nice touch.

I always love to see your projects.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#14 posted 455 days ago

Nice work with hand tools but the adz looks scary .
Nice project idea ,we all could use some relaxation from time to time .

-- Kiefer 松

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#15 posted 455 days ago

Very cozy.
The shop looks very inviting Mads.
You also look very relaxed. I am happy love is in the air again.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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