I have been continuing to spend most of my spare time in the shop. It seems that my creative interest lay squarely in 3 pursuits. If you have been following my blog long then you probably already know that those pursuits are drawing, photography, & woodworking. I don’t seem to have the ability to focus on all three at once. Instead my natural instincts are to focus on each one singularly. I’m not sure if this is a hindrance or an asset to my creative growth. On one hand it is good that I naturally want to focus my efforts into a single medium…but, on the other hand, does this narrow my opportunities in other creative forms? I’m not sure. This is a topic that I will continue to ponder and I may begin to write a few blog posts on this subject.
What about you? Do you bounce around between different creative pursuits or are you hyper focused on mastering a singular skill? I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the subject.
Sorry, I went off on a bit of a tangent…back to The Shop Update
For the last couple of weeks I have filled a few Etsy orders and I have spent some time building an item for myself. This may come as a surprise but I rarely have the opportunity to actually build something that I want for myself.
Lately, I have been drawn to seating, particularly chairs & stools. I have never built any type of seating before so, I decided to attempt to build a stool that I could use at my workplace. I poked around the internet to find some inspiration and that inspiration was found in a stool designed by Filip Gordon Frank. I liked the clean lines and overall shape of the stool. Since I am making this for myself I didn’t see any harm in mimicking his design. I would never take someone else’s design and try to claim it as my own or reproduce it for profit. Anyway, I put together a sketch to determine the correct height and geometry the stool would need to make it fit the use I hand in mind.
I decided to use walnut and oak because of the strong color contrast that these two species would provide. The rear legs & foot rest are walnut, the front legs and back rest are oak. The seat is a combination of both species.
Below are a few shots of the build process. I started out by milling some rough sawn walnut to build the rear legs and seat supports. Each side of the stool was assembled first so I could ensure symmetry. Once the sides where completed I added the rear stretcher, foot rest, back rest, & seat.
Below are a few shots of the completed stool. Click on any of the images below to see a larger version and description.
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