Chair Completed

Photo May 30, 4 32 31 PM

Finished up the chair this weekend.  I went with a coat of Minwax Puritan Pine stain and a couple coats of Tung Oil prior to putting the bottom in. Harvesting the hickory bark proved to be a difficult but rewarding process.  I had a lot of fun hitting the woods with a couple friends to procure the bark then sitting around under a big Silver Maple shade tree weaving it into the chair.  It took the better part of a day to complete the process but it is an experience I will never forget and look forward to repeating.

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Felled the hickory tree.

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Notched a log to stabilize the tree.

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Went to work with the draw knife shaving the outer bark off.

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Some of the outer bark gone and the first strip of inner bark removed.  We sliced through with a razor knife to cut the strips, then peeled it away.

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Separating the bark into two strips.

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A good start.

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I love the grain of this hickory.

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Just about there.

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First run of the weave is down.

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Nearing the finish.

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