|Project by jdh122||posted 12-12-2013 11:00 PM||1381 views||1 time favorited||14 comments|
This is a greenwood chair, following John Alexander’s plans (Make a Chair from a Tree). Made from a maple log I got in September. Split with wedges and froe, worked with drawknife. The rungs get kiln dried (I used my oven as a lightbulb kiln and then used the furnace room once it got cold) and go into tenons on the posts, which are only air dried. No power tools were used other than the chainsaw that cut the tree down.
One picture shows my steam-bending setup, although I must say I found this maple extremely hard to bend. There was some failure on the inside of every single bend I did, including the last two where I actually used a bending strap. People rate maple as pretty hard to bend and I certainly concur. I’m not sure I’ll try to do so again. I got some oak logs last week and am working on a rocking chair, will try to bend some of that within the next weeks.
Seat is woven with cotton webbing that’s probably a bit thicker than genuine shaker tape. I have four more chairs that are ready for final smoothing and finishing, and hope to experiment with willow bark once Spring comes on at least one of them.
Overall I’m quite happy with the project – green woodworking is really a lot of fun, and the drawknife is about the most addictive tool I’ve used. I’m rapidly going to have more chairs than I and all of my friends can use, I’m afraid.
-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests