Art Weekly–firewood box/seat

This box (about a 600ml cube) gave me a chance to cut some ‘saddle notches’ the way the pioneers did for their log cabins. There are several other types of more complex notches which seal the joint better. The ‘chinking’ (filling the gaps between the logs) is from the pulpy bark you see on the deck.

The cushioned lid doubles as a seat.

I varnished it with some old fashioned shellac (from a kind of beetle) which gives it the golden glow and lustre.

Photographed first thing in the day–I get best results when the morning sun is filtered through some light cloud.


Knee joints


These winged shaped ‘knee joints’ were carved from the only piece of log left over from the build. The other logs have weathered but will come back (with a coat of bleach and then tung oil) to that fresh honey colour you see on the ‘wings’.

Matching pair of chairs

These store-bought chairs were on special–they had upholstery no-one liked obviously but I liked the colour of the wood–so I re-covered them with a few frills and a little cushion on the backrest

The second pic shows stone steps and flagging at the building site.

Art Weekly–The Chief’s chair

I cant seem to stop making chairs. I must have been chairless in a previous life!

This is the Easy Rider of chairs (big handle bars, low reclined seat, and really heavy)–it is cantilevered to give it that floating feeling. And the dovetail joints have evolved into the wood inlay decoration on the backrest. The centre piece is cypress pine surround by mahogany and then the yellow box local hardwood half-round slab which forms the backbone of the chair.

The angle of the backrest makes it quite comfortable–it is such that it bears about half of the body-weight–not all of your weight is on your bottom.

Shoe rack

This will go by the front door on the veranda. It is about 1300mm long and 750mm high–the square hole in the top fits around some protruding logs. As you can see, the dove-tail joints are getting more ambitious.

I will paint it with a satin, weather-proof varnish they use on yachts and this should preserve the colour and lustre.