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