Made of ash or oak, which will come directly from our Berea College forest. Much of traditional rural Appalachian furniture uses ornamentation and “extra” details sparingly. Likewise with the stool. The beads on the legs add visual interest, though the maker can omit them if they prefer a cleaner look.
The tool design was influenced by the work of Chester Cornett and other traditional Kentucky chairmakers. In particular, a beautifully detailed tall stool by Cornett to a KY author sparked the desire to create something similar.
We will use greenwood techniques and joinery (dried rungs fit into a “wet” post).
Hickory bark provided with the class.
In this class we will:
Split parts from a section of a log
Shape parts at the shavehorse with drawknives and spokeshaves
Make the seat rails – which will be heated/steamed and bent in a form
Drill out the leg angles using sight lines
Fit and assemble the stool
Discuss weaving materials options and finish choices