|Project by Woodbridge||posted 05-02-2016 02:30 AM||1616 views||4 times favorited||8 comments|
It has been a while since I have posted a new project. My wife and I are have decided to move from the city and build a new home on the shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario so my focus for the next year or so will be on building the home. Of course the new home will include a larger workshop!
These two oar chairs were the last projects I completed in 2015. They were built for a woodworking article that has just been published in the June 2016 edition of the Woodworkers Journal.
Along with the article you can also watch my first woodworking video, provided as an on-line extra for the article, on getting started with marquetry. Of course I have a lot to learn about marquetry compared to many of the experts on this forum. My new workshop will have room for a Chevalet, which will also necessitate to a trip to Victoria for some expert traning on its use.
The oars for these chairs were about 100 years old and were used on a boat to ferry people to and from the Toronto Islands. They are approximately 100 years old and were purchased from a collectibles dealer. They are a softwood. As much as possible I left the original colour and patina in place. The seats are made from cherry which was lightly stained to match the colour of the oars. The two forn legs were cut from the handle of the oar. The back legs from a piece of ash. The back leg assembly is joined to the seat using a hip joint: the same type of joint used to construct a Maloof rocker.
The blade of the oars are decorated with lighthouse themed marquetry panel. The tops of the blades reflect the wear that each blade was subject to.
The first marquetry panel is the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse located on the Toronto Islands. Started in 1808 it is the oldest surviving lighthouse in the great lakes. .
The second is the light house at Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia and is an iconic Canadian image.
I have built a previous oar chair
-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario