Folding Camp Stool - Osage Orange and Leather

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Project by grfrazee posted 09-06-2014 09:34 PM 2472 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago I contacted LJ Dan Krager about acquiring some osage orange (hedge) logs that he had harvested from a friend’s property. These logs made the trip from Dan’s place in Olney, IL to Downers Grove, IL with Dan, who was visiting family. He was kind enough to drop the logs off at my apartment while I was at work. After that, I somehow managed to manhandle the two 180-lb logs and two 50-lb logs into my Honda Civic (see last picture). They fit in the back seat with about 1/4” to spare.

After getting them to my parents’ house across the border in Wisconsin, my brother and I spent an hour or two splitting one of the 24” logs with some axes. I got a few good pieces out of this log, three of which went to make the legs of the stool. I shaved the splits down with a drawknife to approximately round, then rough turned the blanks on the lathe. They sat stickered in the shop for about 1.5 months before I finally got the time to complete the stool.

The leather seat was cut and riveted by me, and I finally got to use the maker’s stamp I bought for leatherwork.

Some of you may recognize the stool from Chris Schwarz’s book Campaign Furniture. I figured the strong, rot-resistant osage would be a great wood to use for a seemingly-spindly construction. The stool didn’t even budge under my 185-lb frame, so that appears to be a success.

I sent this stool to Dan as a thank you for hand delivering the logs that he gathered. Dan, I look forward to making many more wonderful things with these logs, and I hope you enjoy my gift.

For those of you interested, I have a blog post for the build of the stool.


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#1 posted 09-06-2014 10:05 PM

You made a really nice job of that stool and it was a lovely gesture to send it back to Dan. Love the leatherwork too.

-- 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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#2 posted 09-06-2014 11:04 PM

I can SO relate with carrying logs around in the Civic. New mantra….. I need a truck. I need a truck. Very nice stool and magnanimous gesture.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#3 posted 09-07-2014 01:11 AM

Just to keep the record accurate, the hedge was harvested from a friend’s farm when they removed an ancient stand of hedge. It was destined for the burn pile, and I just happened along at the right time to capture a priceless harvest of old growth giant hedge logs.
Glenn did an outstanding job making this stool. I could hardly believe my eyes when I opened the package! And it held solidly under my 240 lb frame too!
Thank you again, Glenn.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL All my life I've wanted to be someone. I see now I should have been more specific.

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#4 posted 09-07-2014 02:14 PM

Beautifully executed! I love Osage Orange as it’s sturdy and flexible and the alternating growth rings have a beautiful light/dark pattern. The American Indians used Osage for bows, so I like to use it for my cane shafts.

It is hard to find the homegrown wood, so I commend you on you efforts to acquire the stock. It is like the ant and the grasshopper leg. How do you get this one home and in the door?!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 09-07-2014 05:08 PM

Very nicely done. I’m impressed you split the logs, used a drawknife, dyed your leather, used a lathe, and made your own three way bolt. That and the picture of those logs in your civic are priceless. Turned out great.

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#6 posted 09-07-2014 08:18 PM

That is really cool. Great job.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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