I think I make life hard for myself sometimes.
I make garden benches in a particular style. The style avoids many square angles, straight edges and all those luxuries that make joinery easy to fit together.
Who else would use round peeled oakwood for a crest rail, combined with slabbed waney-edged chestnutwood for a saltire back, and riven hedgerow oak for end frames?
Embryonic end frames
Making mortise & tenon joints can be demanding; just how does one lay out the two joints to fit the armrests – where does the front through tenon fall, much deliberation, center finding, and, well, some guess-work, I guess.
Chase the mortise
I’ve found that a full-sized drawing can help with some dimensions.
How long’s that arm rest to be?
Starts to come together gradually.
I should stick to helping people make bears.
Bear & fox.
But then, there is some reward in going out on a limb.
Clothes rack detail.
Reusing 17th century carving motifs.
Sycamore chopping board
Redesigning the iPad from the outside:
Ah, perhaps life’s not so bad, after all, I do have the privilege of living in God’s Own County (Yorkshire, where it’s always sunny).
Culloden Tower, Richmond, North Yorkshire
Cockpit Millennium Garden, Richmond Castle