I received Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee’s new book, Make a Joint Stool from a Tree, last week. Coincidentally, a joint stool was one of the projects picked as one of our group build projects for our woodworking club, the Central Jersey Woodworkers Association. This weekend John Aniano, who’s leading this group build, and who swears he decided on this project before he knew about the book, Bob Rozaieski, Frank Vucolo, and I started on this project. We went out to pick up some red oak logs from Dan Stillwell, and proceeded to have at them with wedges, froes, and axes.
Make a Joint Stool from a Tree is a terrific book. It’s one of those rare woodworking books that gives you a great explanation on how to build the title project, but then proceeds to give up even more information on repeated readings. I’m working on my third read-through, and I am still picking up new nuggets of information.
UPDATE: For actual useful information on the riving process, see Bob’s blog, Logan Cabinet Shoppe.
This makes me happy to see on Tumblr. Though reading Bob’s post on his blog made me sad to hear the beech was unusable; spalted beech is one of my favorites!