I recently visited Covington, KY for a Lie Nielsen handtool event held at Lost Art Press. For some unexplainable reason, I figured it’d be fun to demonstrate seat weaving on a small stool for a group of tool event attendees. Not that weaving is upleasant or unworthy of demonstrating, it’s simply that it can take a while to get a good weave (at least for me) – especially if the bark has knots or other issues that need addressed. I wasn’t as confident in completely weaving a seat in a short period of time with an audience. The last seat took two hours to weave (the weave from the previous post). I was fearful that boredom might set in at that rate.
A quick breakdown of how I went at the bottoming at the event:
- tacked the starting edge of the bark roll twice against the side rail
- began wrapping the warp (front to back) around the front and back rails – with the smooth, tree side of the bark to the inside
- notched and joined pieces on the underside when the bark had knots or voids
- pulled the warp tight at every opportunity to keep weave tight
- at the end of the warp, on the underside, tuck bark around leg and begin the weft (see image)
- herringbone pattern – a simple, repeating pattern after four rows. Essentially under two, then over two, with the leading edge changing each time
- same pattern on the underside
- kept each weft row tight to the previous row – to keep the gaps to a minimum upon drying
- finished by weaving the lead edge into the seat on the underside – no tying required
Forty-five minutes. That’s what it took. And no blood – that’s atypical for me but nice when working in front of a crowd.