One of the Sturt Stoolers

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Project by Woodfix posted 01-19-2011 06:26 AM 1706 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well just like last summer, I went to the Sturt Summer School and did a wood working course. This year’s course was making a Windsor Stool. This was done using technology dating back up to 400 years. It was definitely the most physical woodworking I have ever done.

You start with a piece of cut Camphor Laurel for the seat and one sawn log of Robinia. The Camphor laurel is shaped into a seat using bow saws, spoke shaves and a device called a Scorp to shape the seat. The log of Robinia is split and then draw knives are used to get the five pieces round enough to go into the pole lathe.

The pole lathe is just like any other lathe except it is treadle powered. The pole is what the rope is attached to make the spring for the treadle.

After five days of pulling, pushing, swinging and treadling I ended up with a stool. It was great.

There were eight in the group and a better bunch of people I have never met.

The teacher, Howard Archibold, was very patient as well. This was of particular use when dealing with me.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 07:15 AM

Great looking stool made the old school way. how did you get the round shape of the seat? thanks!

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 08:43 AM

Well done, now you can make many more?

Another very satisfied student of Sturt, in fact of all the former students I’ve spoken with all have heaped praise on the school and the teachers.

Tony Ward

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#3 posted 01-19-2011 09:45 AM

so how fast could you make this with power tools?
haha, still awesome, wish they had summer camp like this for kids

-- Ben L

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#4 posted 01-19-2011 04:56 PM

Really nice, so wonderful to see those old tools in action.
Nice work you did, and it seemed fun too.
Best thoughts,

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

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