The darker frame is of black wattle with hardened beads of amber coloured sap to give it a natural baroque look.
The three legged stool has the advantage over the four legs because it is stable even on an uneven surface–it was traditionally an ideal milking stool also because the milker could lean forward into the cow without losing balance. The tripod structure is so simple and, once the three legs are pinned to the seat and at the cross, there is no further need for engineering–no other struts or bracing. It cannot move. For this reason the Indian Tepee is considered to be the perfect tent structure and most suitable for nomadic life.
The legs are stringy bark and the seat and back yellow box. I made a paste of sawdust, PVA, colour, and turquoise chips to fill the cracks–once it is dry you run over it with the sander and it looks like real inlay.
The seat is like a bicycle saddle with ‘stirrups’ below.
This one-person bench seat weighs a ton–all antique hardwood. It goes out on the veranda and, in lieu of cushions, the seat and back-rest are hollowed out to make it as comfortable as a moulded plastic chair. The arm rests and the crown piece are from the same wisteria–the twisted trunk was sliced down the middle on the band saw revealing a nice pattern and good colour.
This stool features a piece of wisteria in a loop-de-loop shape under the seat–it grew around a loose paling on the back fence of my local electrician, one John Cafe, whom some of you will remember–he came to live in Bega some 35 years ago and is still the same likeably-gruff, sincere guy with the dry sense of humour.
The three oval shaped centre pieces are painted transparently so that the nice pattern of the texture of the waferboard (chipboard packing material) shows through–the rest is primitive needlework.
It is 2.5 m X 1.0m