|Project by grfrazee||posted 09-06-2014 09:34 PM||1524 views||5 times favorited||6 comments|
A few months ago I contacted LJ Dan Krager about acquiring some osage orange (hedge) logs that he had harvested from a friend’s property. These logs made the trip from Dan’s place in Olney, IL to Downers Grove, IL with Dan, who was visiting family. He was kind enough to drop the logs off at my apartment while I was at work. After that, I somehow managed to manhandle the two 180-lb logs and two 50-lb logs into my Honda Civic (see last picture). They fit in the back seat with about 1/4” to spare.
After getting them to my parents’ house across the border in Wisconsin, my brother and I spent an hour or two splitting one of the 24” logs with some axes. I got a few good pieces out of this log, three of which went to make the legs of the stool. I shaved the splits down with a drawknife to approximately round, then rough turned the blanks on the lathe. They sat stickered in the shop for about 1.5 months before I finally got the time to complete the stool.
The leather seat was cut and riveted by me, and I finally got to use the maker’s stamp I bought for leatherwork.
Some of you may recognize the stool from Chris Schwarz’s book Campaign Furniture. I figured the strong, rot-resistant osage would be a great wood to use for a seemingly-spindly construction. The stool didn’t even budge under my 185-lb frame, so that appears to be a success.
I sent this stool to Dan as a thank you for hand delivering the logs that he gathered. Dan, I look forward to making many more wonderful things with these logs, and I hope you enjoy my gift.
For those of you interested, I have a blog post for the build of the stool.
-- -=Pride is not a sin=-