|Project by thiggy||posted 01-08-2014 04:49 PM||789 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
My Uncle Delwin who lived 1896 – 1946 was a skilled woodworker. He was the woodshop teacher at Meridian Ms. High School. He made several pieces of furniture which reside in our old pre-civil war farm house in rural Ms. One was the above footstool. This summer a cousin asked if I would make her a copy of the original. I used pecan wood which came from our pecan orchard that we lost to Hurricane Katrina in July, 2005. At the time of the storm, my wife couldn’t bear the thought of just buldozing and burning all those big old trees that my Grandmother planted shortly after her marriage. My wife “encouraged” me to go to the AgExpo in Moultrie Ga. that fall and purchase a portable Baker bandsaw mill. I now have a barn full of pecan lumber (and a smaller amount of cedar) which should last longer than I will. The provenance of the lumber made my copy especially meaningful to my cousin. As you see from the last photo, I also refinished and recovered the original footstool.