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Esherick Three Legged Stool #4: Stretchers Design and Joinery

09-30-2020 12:43 PM by Tom | 0 comments »

The Esherick stool has a simple stretcher shape that is easily turned on the lathe. They are joined into the legs at three different heights to avoid interference of the through mortises. Many of the regular stools that I studied used stop mortises on the stretchers, but most of the pictures for the Esherick stool seem to have through mortises with wedged tenons, so that is how I did mine. I checked the distance between the legs at the stretcher height and decided that I would turn them ...

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Esherick Three Legged Stool #3: Leg Turning and Seat Mortising

09-28-2020 07:10 PM by Tom | 2 comments »

Esherick often used contrasting woods for the leg assemblies and the seat. I will do the same on mine. For the legs and stretchers, I am using oak turning blanks from the home center. Yes, they are pricey, but they are clear, straight grain and you don’t need much wood for this project. For the seat, I am using a piece of wood that is a little bit special to me. When my uncle passed away, I found what appeared to me to be a 2” thick, large square blank of walnut in his work...

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Esherick Three Legged Stool #1: A Little Background on Esherick

09-27-2020 04:26 PM by Tom | 1 comment »

For those who are unfamiliar, Wharton Esherick was a sculptor who worked primarily in wood. As an artist, he started out as a painter, but eventually moved into wood sculpture. He applied he sculpting sentiment to the design of various furniture pieces. His ideas were quite novel at the time, working in the mid 20th century and many of his pieces can be considered mid-century modern. His home and workshop are located in the Philadelphia area and have been turned into a museum. During b...

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