After the prototype of the new Windsor-style stool had been completed and approved, Pete collected the Client’s kauri timber for the commission of four stools to be finished before Christmas.
While the wood was being acclimatised to Pete’s workshop, the process of examining each piece of kauri for grain and colour began. The aim is to match the individual pieces to suit the different parts of each stool and to harmonise the grain and colour when seen from various angles.
This is a time-consuming process and a noticeable point of difference (from factory made) and results in pleasing symmetry that is a hallmark of all the furniture that Pete makes.
Using a variety of hand tools, Pete begins the long (yet fun) process of hollowing out the seats. They are all worked on concurrently so they form a matching set and are identical in shape.
The spindles and legs are turned on Pete’s lathe, matched by eye to the sample of the leg positioned nearby as a ready reference to ensure consistency while each leg is turned by hand.
Once the spindles and legs have been cut to size and dry fitted, a wedge is glued and hammered in place, resulting in a strong and tight joint.
A feature of this design, named “Kip’s stool”, is the subtle details along the edges and the shape of the hollowed out seat, as well as a very fine finish, which once given coats of Danish Oil, shows off the famous kauri sheen to perfection.
With plenty of time to spare before Christmas, the Client collected his stools, and was so pleased with the result that he insisted on paying more than was quoted. A dream commission indeed!