Sorry about the spelling, but are there any "standards" more or less for
the Norwiegan chair that's carved from a (usually basswood) log called
I went out to the woods yesterday and sawed several sections out of
a large ugly basswood that had broken off in a recent storm.
As many of you know, the Basswood hollows out often when it gets big
and the hollow often goes 10 or 20 feet up. This makes it easy to
prepare a section for "Kubesttol" use. I made an 18" long chisel from
1045 steel to carve out all the rotten material. This way I can prepare
the "blank" so it will last a long time inside and out of the weather.
In the case of this tree, the core is soft, but it's still there.
Whereas, if there is already a hole, its easy to chisel the soft stuff
out, in this case I tried drilling for a while with a 12" auger, but
that was too slow. I finally got the chain saw out and simply "bored"
directly into the soft material from both ends. Then it was easy to
chisel out the rest.
These sections are about 36" long and 16" to about 20" in diameter.
Will they work? I have never made one of these chairs.
The alternative is to put them on a campfire for our annual blacksmith
conference at the end of May. One of the guys brings an 8 foot rod
with a cross piece welded on. You drive the rod into the ground a foot
or two, so the cross piece it about 2 feet off the ground. The main
post extends another 3 or 4 feet up. Then you drop a hollow log over
that so its bottom rests on the cross piece. The log acts as a chimney
and give very pleasing campfire effects. Sometimes someone will toss in
a bit of copper to see the blue flames. Sort of like the 4th of July
without the bang.