Just finished up this set of stools. Some things to note here: The joinery that you can see in much of my work is called a thru-tenon joint. It is when the legs come into and thru the seat or top etc. This is a very strong joint and also allows little room for error, as you can see exactly how well the craftsmen executed the joint. I like this, it's honest work. The piece of wood you see in the middle of the tenon is called a wedge. I usually use an exotic hard-wood, in this case ebony. The wedge gets banged into a notch in the tenon and spreads it even tighter. I transferred the technique of a thru-tenon joint into the stretchers. I had never done this, but the photos hopefully help illustrate the process. Makes for a nice detail i think. The "Skiba" stools, as they are tentatively named, also expand on a concept I am continually trying to flesh out, how to make a set with more in common than just materials. Often when we think of "set" in the furniture world it is pieces that share a material in common. I strive to move beyond simply common material, to create "sets" through form, shape and feel. Does it work? Too far out? Materials used here are Leather, Ebony, Maple, Sapele, Walnut, Zebrawood.

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