Meditation stools #5: Minimalist meditation - in Scotland...

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Blog entry by mafe posted 09-19-2014 08:45 PM 5927 reads 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Minimalist meditation
in Scotland…

On my travel to Scotland visiting Jamie, Shirley and all the lads I had decided to give my self a little challenge to work at in the workshop.
Meditation stools, minimalist version – light weight, easy for transport – yes and hopefully beautiful.
So one leg will be all we need after all it will be for meditation not dancing, shape cut down to minimum but able to rest stabile on the floor and support the body without discomfort.

First prototype, just scrap plywood to see how much can be cut away.
The leg are a wee bit too narrow and ugly…
Looking like a axe…
Ok it was first prototype, so not too bad.

Actually the plywood layers are quite beautiful.
The seat to foot detail looks too abrupt…
Work to do.

A little square but not too bad.

I like the wing feel.

Prototype II.
Getting there, now I think the foot looks too narrow on the ground.
Removed extra material on the seat, to minimalize and sex it up… smiles.

Yeaaaa a bit too narrow foot.

This makes the legs follow the seat and avoid the sharp edge against the legs.

Too narrow in the center…
Work to do, but now I think I got what’s needed.

My I love being in Jamies shop!.
But enough prototyping.

Time for beer, kanna and beautiful wood.
Jamie offered me some spalted beech and some beautiful mahogany – lucky I am!, like a spoiled child on Christmas eve I feel.

Now I can transfer my efforts to the real wood..

Will try making a sliding dovetail for this version.
In this way I will be able to take it apart for travel.
So I make a run on the router table

Tataaaaaaa power tool dovetails.

Hell yes!
A ton of shaves on the lathe made by dear Ryan.
Clamps, clamps, glue, clamps and wood…

Making that sliding dovetail.
(Should have taken the leg out and made it a little more narrow for fitting after, this way it becomes a wee bit too open… We can’t win them all and it will work).

Now time for some rough shaping, I like this part.

It all starts to make sense.

Sliding dovetail.

To mark what’s front, I decide to make some little wooden markers.

Planing some wood into dowels, the MaFe way…
Ok just a little jig for making it possible, works like a gem.

Another on spot tool, the Curvemarker… Smiles.

Also start gluing up for the ash version.
Just making some scrap into thicker stock.

After shaping on Jamies wonderful sanders, sorry I forgot to take pictures since I loved what I was doing too f…... much.

Yea, yea, yea, that dovetail is a wee bit open, but locks up fine.

Now going for the ash version.
Transferring the shape

This is how it looks cut out.

Ok and how it was cut.

Guess I am not the only one loving Jamies home made oil.

A happy monkey in the workshop.

La, la, la Jamie!

That wood is so beautiful.

And the fit a little better after oil.

I don’t know what you think, but me… I’m more than happy.

From a to b.

I do get that light flying feel I was hoping for.


Ok no time to rest on the happy feel, the ash version are waiting.
Here the feet cut out.
Also giving some oil to Jamies knife, a gift from his son, what a lucky father he is

And after shaping it up, this is where I got.
This one will be fixed and the ash allows me to make it really thin.

I work on two…

Dowels for the glue up.


Transferring the marks.


Time for glue.

Wings of love…

To lighten up the ash I give it some white oil.

Still the life of the wood are visible.

At first I thought it was too light, but I ended up liking it a lot.

Not too bad.

The use will just make it even more beautiful.

I think it became quite balanced at the end, light but sturdy.

Front and side.

Days of work in Jamies shop.

Ready for transport.

Now time to pack up and go back to Denmark…
The other ash chair stayed in Scotland, since it was a farewell gift for dear Jamie.

Once again thank you for a wonderful visit Jamie, I am with you all there, even I am fare away, this blog made me travel back in my thoughts and think of all the wonderful moments we all shared – thank you.

Perhaps it can inspire others to do some meditation chairs, or at least perhaps to do some meditation.

I can highly recommend meditation, I do it every day, not always on the stool, it can be where ever as you can see here on a sea bath house, just on a blanket.
Meditation, helps you stay more focused, release stress, lower pain, getting in touch with your core, your inner peace and so much more.
You can try a guided meditation on the link, go somewhere private, make your self comfortable and try it, it might open a new path and give you new strength in your woodworking.

The best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 09-19-2014 09:01 PM

Spalting note:

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-19-2014 09:03 PM

Thanks for the process on the stools. You are having too much fun!!....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-19-2014 09:38 PM

Once again a fantastic woodworking journey! I’m fascinated by the dovetail with support joint.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 09-19-2014 09:56 PM

Thanks for including us in this design and build, Mads. Always a pleasure to follow along. I like the flowing lines of the plywood version. Thanks, again, for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 09-19-2014 09:59 PM

Good times :)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#6 posted 09-19-2014 11:33 PM

Great blog Mads! Thanks for sharing it with us. I always think you can’t go wrong with shapes found in nature.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 09-20-2014 12:41 AM

A mighty fine blog and how-to Mads. Very good stuff. You would have to sit on this before, well, way before the Guinness’

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 09-20-2014 12:56 AM

I was thinking at these as I shaped it.
Maple seeds.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#9 posted 09-20-2014 11:32 AM

Wonderful design Mads and a great blog too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 09-20-2014 05:46 PM


WoW, great project, as l am 70 wish might need training wheels,

Wish you had enclosed pic in use!

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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#11 posted 09-22-2014 06:43 PM

Good stuff Mads such a kewl build and even Kewler handing with a fellow jock

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#12 posted 09-23-2014 06:49 PM

Love this project Mads. Great process

-- I never finish anyth

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#13 posted 10-03-2014 03:25 PM

Hi to all of you wonderful LJ’s,
I’m not around too much these days, been ill, but are now back with a smile and even playing in the workshop.
Thank you for the comments, they make me smile and will think of them before I sit and meditate.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#14 posted 10-13-2014 06:33 PM

err I just read my post I meant hanging with a fellow jock LOL

Hope you are feeling better

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#15 posted 10-23-2014 12:03 AM

Dug, now I get it. ;-)
Yes I’m much better, slowly standing on my feet again and finding my smile. Thanks.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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