cradle wood, love and Japanese tools.
In part one the seats were made, every cut with the adze full of love and with my thoughts in the process and the heart full of this special woman.
Part two is where a piece of wood from a transport cradle becomes legs by the use of Japanese tools and the love in my heart.
I will also try to be methodical in explaining how to cut the tenons, to share my way of working.
While working on the project a sketch of the joints.
Since I found the seats curves so fine and clean, I wanted hidden joints.
But even they should be hidden, I wanted them to be beautiful.
I believe that the love and quality will be merged into the final result and that even it will not be visual, it will be in the Zen of the stools.
Here it is, originally nature, but it became trash, and will now be transformed into a meditation tool, the circle is complete.
Look at all those lovely shaves, look at the planed surface – tell me that you don’t smile now…
Finding the length of the tenon, at this point I was still not sure if they should become visible or hidden, so I made them long enough to penetrate the seat.
Marking this on the legs.
Marking the tenon.
A straight cut down the side.
Flat side of chisel against the shoulder.
Now a cut down 45 degree on the waste side.
The tenons are marked for sawing.
Like this the saw will not slip.
Let the saw do the work, stand relaxed, find your rhythm.
Marking the shoulders.
Precutting for the shoulder between the tenons.
Set the chisel just shy of the line.
Now you have crisp line and will not break the edge.
Then chisel away.
When deep enough, remove the larger piece.
Go deeper and deeper, with patience.
Here we are.
End of part two.
Hope this can bring some inspiration, perhaps some peaceful moments or thoughts of love.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.