More stools

Development of a stool.

Three legged stools are quite popular. They were often used in places where the floor was uneven as they are self levelling – stools with three legs do not rock. So they were used e.g to sit on when milking, they are good for this as the front two legs allow the tilting forwards that’s required when getting to the teats at the far side of the beast. This was taken to an extreme in some areas with a belt on one legged milking stool:

I’m making two three leggers at the moment for a client as previously mentioned. I already had a five minute one made from scraps so I could sit and carve bowls in the so passé vertical bowl clamp. It was rather an oddity with a longer leg to accommodate the slope on the workshop floor. That’s the really rough-looking one at the right of the picture above. Then I made a prototype, but based on a round-topped one so I laid out the legs on the same basis – dividing a circle into sixths (then thirds) with a pair of compasses. This didn’t work well – see the one at the back with the wedges sticking out. I’m going to remodel the top into a shape that reflects the leg layout.

However, I’m rather pleased with the way this one is going:

I’ll get it glued and wedged today.

I’m also working on making more space in the workshop by rationalising the lathes. I’m combining the bowl and spindle lathes into one, making new poppets for the single bed original lathe and reorganising the stiffer pole than drives the bowl version. It’s also time to sort out the horse, I’ll be sawing a log to provide a new bed for it, of the conventional style with a flat bed. Watch this space…

And for a little relaxation a shrink pot in alder:

2 thoughts on “More stools

  1. What is a vertical bowl clamp? I belong to a green woodworking group in Belgium and we know of Mike Abbott and the bodgers and Jenny Alexander, etc., etc. but this is the very first reference I’be read about a vertical bowl clamp. In addition, we have a variety of shavehorses/mules, pole lathes, and lots of spoon carving and bowl turnings which on the way to we built cleaving breaks, benches and numerous other items. What we are determining is work holding is likely more important than the tools used to make items and although we have Ray Tabor’s book and several others we still find that work holding area to be lacking. That was why I liked the shaving ladder(?)posted above this. If you could be so kind as to reply I would surely appreciate it, Thanks. Terry.

    • Hi Terry!

      I agree, holding down the work is half the battle in working wood.

      The vertical bowl clamp was not a success, it is in this picture (at the back against the horizontal tree trunk).

      Essentially it was a log on end cut into a rough chair shape with holes to take pegs to clamp the bowl blank vertically. The trouble was that it was too low, you could only work one end at once and had to reclamp to work the other end and really it did not give a comfortable attitude to working the bowl.

      A much better bowl clamp was designed by Robin Wood see it here. I built one of these and now it is my only clamp for carving bowls, it is simple and effective.

      I have built a dumb head shave horse now and prefer that to the usual English shave horse with the frame that clamps the work (the ‘ladder’ you mention). The pivot point is higher and gives a better grip.

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