Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wood Piles

Here are the baluster turnings that I made while demonstrating at the NWA showcase. I went into the show a bit out of practice, not having turned balusters for a chair in some time, but after doing it for a couple of days, I feel like I'm back in the swing of it. In talking to the folks watching, I got some idea of the troubles that are common to learning to turn balusters and am planning a series of videos to post.

One doesn't have to look far in my region to find all manner of farm construction, from elegant and thoughtful barns to the crudest of shelters and fixtures. I have to admit a love of the rougher fare. There's something about building things in the service of necessity that I find freeing. You'll find no dovetails here (the fellow who helped me load my truck at the NWA had a dovetailed flat cart!).

When a new project arises, I look to my various piles of wood leftovers. Today it was a hay crib. I saw a drawing of one in a book and cobbled together a rough fascimile. Of course, once it was built, the real learning began. I now know why they call young goats kids. No sooner was it in their reach than one goat was standing on top of it and the other jamming his head in and pulling it over. So back to the wood pile for some stabilizing boards. Once it was done, and showed itself to function and be relatively goatproof, I looked at it and fantasized about making an elegant one. Someday I will, but for now, I can revel having been there when necessity came calling.


jericho farmer said...

sadly my balusters look as good as my cobbled together chicken coop! more practice - more practice.

here is a good site for making Handy Farm Devices...


Tee and Hubby said...

Peter,Your chair legs look great. I am some what weak in that area.Some of my engineer friends who make windsors use so many jigs they look like they come from a factory.They think my chairs are a little to rough so I don't even show them my work anymore. Thanks for us who are still learning.
Kerry, Simple and southern blog.

Peter Galbert said...

Thanks Mark! By the way, pure grain alcohol works well for cleaning the seat! Good luck

Peter Galbert said...

Lots of folks last weekend asked me if I used a duplicator! I couldn't agree more that the uniformity would make the chairs look machine made, not to mention that the delicacy of the details wouldn't work with the duplicators.
I'll be posting more on turning soon,

greg said...

Ha ha! "Goatproof". You actually said "goatproof"! What a kidder!

Lovely legs. Although I'm much faster with the Galbert Caliper, I'd be lucky to get that many done on a weekend working straight through without stopping to talk to show attendees.