The WoodWright's Shop - Three Legged Chair

Yesterday's airing of the WoodWright's Shop showed the process of making a 3 legged stool (chair, seating). They commented on the history of 3 legge d seating, being a standard long time ago, about 1300s - 1600s, I think it was.
About 25-30 yrs ago, I saw a 3 legged chair in a museum and thought "What's so special about that? I can build that. Simple geometry!"
I had taken pics of the museum chair, but don't have them anymore. That ch air's base framing looked similar to this one: http://metmuseum.org/colle ctions/search-the-collections/191251 Also, the chair I saw didn't have armrests and had a one-board backrest.
The WoodWright project construction was similar to the museum chair I had s een.
When I returned from the museum trip, I tried to build a 3 legged chair (no supplied plans). It wasn't as easy as I thought. I made 3 sets of legs, before the 4th set was almost correct. I don't think my using tree limbs ( raw, non-milled lumber) was the problem, either. Though my woodworking sk ills were not advanced, I certainly didn't think this project was that tech nically difficult, until I tried it. I realized THAT chair and similar mus eum pieces are in the museums for a reason.
I still have the chair I made, stashed in the barn. The seat is rope weavi ng, as back then I was practicing & learning how to weave rush, cane, etc. and I took this opportunity to practice this weaving technique. I had the rope handy, at the time. I've never replaced the rope with something more suitable. http://www.flickr.com/photos/43836144@N04/sets/72157636151944475/
This was a good learning project for me, back then.... learning the hard wa y? The WoodWright episode brought back the memories of my building, tackli ng the 3 legged chair project. I would encourage all to try a 3 legged ch air or stool, as this, without a set of plans, i.e, you figure it out.
Sonny
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On 10/3/2013 11:51 AM, Sonny wrote:

The WoodWright episode brought back the memories of my building, tackling
the 3 legged chair project. I would encourage all to try a 3 legged chair
or stool, as this, without a set of plans, i.e, you figure it out.

I am always amazed by the old techniques that are used on the Wood wright's Shop.
Watching him built a large timber building, makes me want make one also. The closes I get to that is mortising the parts of a mailbox post together.
I still am remember the one project where he split two 2X8 out of an 8 inch log. No saw just axe and wedges.
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The nice things about three legs - be they table or chair or whatever - is that they are always stable; i.e., all three legs are always on the floor regardless of leg length or unevenness of the floor.
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