It’s funny how this contest challenges you to think about wood in different ways. At first you think of how to replace nails with dowels or dovetails… then as designs get too complex, the mind broadens and figures out how to strip away the clutter and simplify the design or the plan. (I’ve always been good with simplification – resume’ as it were)
It finally ocurred to me, just tonight, that the baskets my sister made (we have two, a wine basket and a stair basket) which are made from strips of oak, and are held together merely by how she wove them. A perfect entry for this contest – something outside the realm of how we even think about wood and woodworking – but not our ancestors.
I made a shaker basket once – another project from my pre-woodworking days – and if not for two metal fasteners, I’d have my entry done for one category… perhaps I’ll sleep in it and devise a clever solution/replacement for a bolt and tee nut and then I’ll have two, perhaps three all wood joinery projects to choose from!