On my travel to Scotland visiting Jamie, Shirley and all the lads I had decided to give my self a little challenge to work at in the workshop.
Meditation stools, minimalist version – light weight, easy for transport – yes and hopefully beautiful.
So one leg will be all we need after all it will be for meditation not dancing, shape cut down to minimum but able to rest stabile on the floor and support the body without discomfort.
First prototype, just scrap plywood to see how much can be cut away.
The leg are a wee bit too narrow and ugly…
Looking like a axe…
Ok it was first prototype, so not too bad.
Actually the plywood layers are quite beautiful.
The seat to foot detail looks too abrupt…
Work to do.
A little square but not too bad.
I like the wing feel.
Getting there, now I think the foot looks too narrow on the ground.
Removed extra material on the seat, to minimalize and sex it up… smiles.
Yeaaaa a bit too narrow foot.
This makes the legs follow the seat and avoid the sharp edge against the legs.
Too narrow in the center…
Work to do, but now I think I got what’s needed.
My I love being in Jamies shop!.
But enough prototyping.
Time for beer, kanna and beautiful wood.
Jamie offered me some spalted beech and some beautiful mahogany – lucky I am!, like a spoiled child on Christmas eve I feel.
Now I can transfer my efforts to the real wood..
Will try making a sliding dovetail for this version.
In this way I will be able to take it apart for travel.
So I make a run on the router table
Tataaaaaaa power tool dovetails.
A ton of shaves on the lathe made by dear Ryan.
Clamps, clamps, glue, clamps and wood…
Making that sliding dovetail.
(Should have taken the leg out and made it a little more narrow for fitting after, this way it becomes a wee bit too open… We can’t win them all and it will work).
Now time for some rough shaping, I like this part.
It all starts to make sense.
To mark what’s front, I decide to make some little wooden markers.
Planing some wood into dowels, the MaFe way…
Ok just a little jig for making it possible, works like a gem.
Another on spot tool, the Curvemarker… Smiles.
Also start gluing up for the ash version.
Just making some scrap into thicker stock.
After shaping on Jamies wonderful sanders, sorry I forgot to take pictures since I loved what I was doing too f…... much.
Yea, yea, yea, that dovetail is a wee bit open, but locks up fine.
Now going for the ash version.
Transferring the shape
This is how it looks cut out.
Ok and how it was cut.
Guess I am not the only one loving Jamies home made oil.
A happy monkey in the workshop.
La, la, la Jamie!
That wood is so beautiful.
And the fit a little better after oil.
I don’t know what you think, but me… I’m more than happy.
From a to b.
I do get that light flying feel I was hoping for.
Ok no time to rest on the happy feel, the ash version are waiting.
Here the feet cut out.
Also giving some oil to Jamies knife, a gift from his son, what a lucky father he is
And after shaping it up, this is where I got.
This one will be fixed and the ash allows me to make it really thin.
I work on two…
Dowels for the glue up.
Transferring the marks.
Time for glue.
Wings of love…
To lighten up the ash I give it some white oil.
Still the life of the wood are visible.
At first I thought it was too light, but I ended up liking it a lot.
Not too bad.
The use will just make it even more beautiful.
I think it became quite balanced at the end, light but sturdy.
Front and side.
Days of work in Jamies shop.
Ready for transport.
Now time to pack up and go back to Denmark…
The other ash chair stayed in Scotland, since it was a farewell gift for dear Jamie.
Once again thank you for a wonderful visit Jamie, I am with you all there, even I am fare away, this blog made me travel back in my thoughts and think of all the wonderful moments we all shared – thank you.
Perhaps it can inspire others to do some meditation chairs, or at least perhaps to do some meditation.
I can highly recommend meditation, I do it every day, not always on the stool, it can be where ever as you can see here on a sea bath house, just on a blanket.
Meditation, helps you stay more focused, release stress, lower pain, getting in touch with your core, your inner peace and so much more.
You can try a guided meditation on the link, go somewhere private, make your self comfortable and try it, it might open a new path and give you new strength in your woodworking.
The best of my thoughts,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.