|Project by Terry Ferguson||posted 07-22-2012 01:15 AM||2476 views||11 times favorited||20 comments|
My work space ceilings are a couple of inches under eight feet and I store stuff all the way up, so reaching requires the services of the first two steps of my two foot aluminum folding ladder. A while back I limbed a few Juniper trees on my property and when I went back and looked at the stack, there was a nice, dead limb, gray as driftwood, solid as new inside, which looked like it could be the off-center support for a two step ladder something like the three step library ladder that Wharton Esherick made, so I headed off in that direction. Scraping the outer surface of the limb revealed a variety of rich color and, for the steps, some short pieces of 6/4 Oregon White Oak – their color and character a good compliment.
After some notches, creative shaping and wide chamfers, along with a few birch dowels, plus a total disregard for the beautiful dovetail joints and overall graceful lines of Eshericks ladder, I ended up with a set of steps that look like they would be most at home in Bibo Baggin’s pantry, but just as Esherick started rolling over in his grave, I had to respectfully remind him of his quote: “If it isn’t fun, it isn’t worth doing” and since, for me, dovetails are no fun, there ya’ go.
35 1/2” high with a 16” wide x 12” deep footprint, rasp, file, & scrape, no sandpaper, no hardware, no screws, some Danish Oil and some more WB Poly
-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon