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Project by chobbs66 posted 02-07-2013 06:52 PM 1623 views 10 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a carved mahogany stool, which I built (and taught others to build) for a class with the Kansas City Woodworker’s Guild in 2012. The details are meant to be Philadelphia Chippendale, but this was not a reproduction of any particular piece. I found that I learned a ton having to prepare to teach a class, and that the quality of my work was improved because of the students watching, many of whom were advanced woodworkers.

The joinery and feet were essentially finished before my company send me on the road, so while I was in my hotel room last summer I carved the shells, completed all the carvings and surface prep, and applied the shellac. Thankfully I was never kicked out due to wood chips in the carpet!

Credit to Wesley Lewis Jr. who is a great photographer for the pictures.

Hope you all enjoy, and thanks for checking it out. Cal





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Jeff_in_KCMO

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 07:03 PM

and there it is… very nice. i’m starting to carve more these days… i wish there was some more formal/class/shop experience/tutelage available in the KC area because I would love to make this a marketable hobby

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BRAVOGOLFTANGO

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#2 posted 02-07-2013 07:16 PM

Very nice craftsmanship, beautiful piece.

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MolokMot

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#3 posted 02-07-2013 07:18 PM

Wow, that is very nice. Someday I plan on making one of those.

I have always wondered, what makes it specifically Philadelphia vs the other major wood working hubs at the time? Something to do with the style of the claw?

-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek

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chobbs66

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#4 posted 02-07-2013 07:39 PM

Thanks Jeff. In case you guys need a reference, Jeff was in the class, his excellent “bench” version can be seen here:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/65812

You never know, there may be opportunities in the future to do some more classes at the Guild. I’ll let you know if something comes up!

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chobbs66

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#5 posted 02-07-2013 08:03 PM

@MolokMot

Well, the characteristics were well defined in several areas, basically Philadelphia, New York, Newport, Boston, and “the South.” Of course there were all kinds of variations, but there were common characteristics which would deserve a long discussion. But here’s a quick primer.

1. Philadelphia – Somewhat pronounced talons, slightly compressed ball, some webbing. Usually short actual claws.

2. New York – Very squarish, boxy talons, some similarities to Philly.

3. Newport – No webbing, much leaner and animalistic talons, elongated claws, sometimes undercut.

4. Boston – Usually more delicate, side talons swept backwards.

5. Southern – lots of variations, sometime Charleston were very “New York” in character. Basically whatever was stylish in England at the time.

Hope this is slightly helpful to start. Cal

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 02-07-2013 08:10 PM

Beautiful job!

Lee

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 08:32 PM

Another outstanding piece. You have a lot of talent.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 02-07-2013 08:49 PM

Very impressive ,great job and interesting details about ball n claws too.

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SteveGaskins

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#9 posted 02-07-2013 08:49 PM

Incredible build….Love it.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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kdc68

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#10 posted 02-07-2013 11:01 PM

Outstanding craftsmanship and great information on ball and claw

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Woodbridge

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#11 posted 02-07-2013 11:02 PM

beautiful piece. Your carving is great. Its still on my list to try my hand at a ball and claw foot. Thanks for your example, and also explanation of the various styles. great project and interesting post.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 02-07-2013 11:34 PM

Love it!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 02-08-2013 12:56 AM

You did a Excellent job on this Chippendal Stool.

-- Dennis Zongker

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TCCcabinetmaker

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#14 posted 02-08-2013 01:30 AM

very nice

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#15 posted 02-08-2013 03:45 AM

Beautiful stool! Thanks for the mini-tutorial on ball and claw feet.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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