Now you're talking my language. I've been really into Limbert the last couple years. Every new book or new project has been Limbert design or at least Limbert inspired.E-M-L in process
It's been a while since I've posted, but this little piece seems share-worthy. It's an homage to three of my favorite Arts and Crafts pioneers: Harvey Ellis, Charles Limbert and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. They all bring a different aesthetic, but mashed up, the A&C commonality becomes clear.
The Ellis influence: Most evident in the delicate edge of the top.
The Mackintosh influences: The overall proportion and the inward angles of the legs.
The Limbert influence: The overly structured and arched legs.
The history: The piece is made from reclaimed oak from two matching school desks we bought at a yard sale years ago - I think we paid 10 bucks for the pair. The wood was a mix of grains: flat sawn, riff cut and quartersawn. I matched it as best as possible, but since I was mashing up influences, seemed appropriate to mix up grains, too.
Here are pics of some of the leftovers, waiting their reincarnation into the next small project:
Some of the wood needed patching; again, the satisfaction of using old wood overrode the little human imperfections that came with the plugged screw holes.
Dimensions: 18 inches high; top is 13 inches square.
Lessons learned: I got much better with the bandsaw, giving it a great tuneup prior to starting. New ceramic guide blocks and a better understanding of blade tension was key - I fought drift on earlier pieces, but the arched legs on this cut smooth as silk.
Next steps: Final sanding and finish.
You've come up with a nice form here… The plank legs certainly transmit a Limbert vibe. Both he and Ellis had figured out how important curves we're, and it made for some impressive pieces.