Just about caught up with myself! Now just need to get a replacement Landy, complete with electric death chair for the unawares (only joking) and replenish my lesser used tools (like a tool bag for instance!) Finish off the dining chairs, small table and then it’s full speed ahead Christmas. May even do some logging soon, oh yes, must get a petrol/oil can for the saw.
Here’s the next project starting up:
Improvised long steamer.
I’m making a log hod (or tote as it’s called in the American steam bending book I’m using). I added the bag on the end of my normal steamer which was only made to take chair backs. It kind of worked but I think the end of the hod bows didn’t really get hot enough, even though they were in for an hour. Here are the two bows drying:
This one failed.
Always a danger, I think this one may be due to uneven thinning with the draw knife.
The fibres couldn’t bend enough on the outside and gave way:
This one’s better (not perfect, a knot has spoiled the top bend), but it will do as a prototype for testing use at home.
I’ve learnt from this though, proper extension to steamer needed, clear timber and thinner, more even work on the bow profile. I think I’ll change the riving out of the timber 90 degrees and see whether that improved the bending evenness.
Here’s the penultimate dining chair back I glued up yesterday in the woods
Today I’m finishing off #4 and sizing the side rungs for #5 above in the luxury of home – it’s a bit too muddy at the bodgery for weaving seats.