In this workshop, I’ll demonstrate how to turn logs and branches into a simple stool for your home.
While I’ll be demonstrating how to make a rustic stool, many of these techniques apply to traditional Windsor chairmaking as well! We’ll discuss site lines for establishing the angles, rake and splay for the stool legs, and how to carve using an axe, drawknife and carving knife! And we’ll use a power drill with forstner bits to drill the leg holes. I’ll have a shaving horse and chopping block on hand - but will demonstrate how a few F-clamps and a scrap piece of plywood could be used as well. Oil finishes and milk paint will be discussed as finishing touches to your new wild stool.
All skill levels welcome. No prerequisites. All you need is a computer and a good internet connection!
WOO is a non-profit safe space for training underrepresented genders in our field. As such, enrollment is limited to non-binary, trans, and woman-identifying people over the age of 18.
Angela Robins is a woodworker and educator, inspired by Scandinavian and Japanese wooden crafts, particularly the boat and the bowl. From axe carving to woodturning on the lathe, she works primarily with freshly cut wood and seeks to create forms with satisfying curves. She has studied traditional woodworking in Japan, Norway, Sweden, and at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. She has taught skin-on-frame boatbuilding at a youth empowerment program and woodturning to people of all ages. Her love of woodworking was sparked while staffing an all-girls trades exploration program called Rosie’s Girls in Vermont. She works at construction sites by day, and carves out time for traditional craft in her backyard and living room on the weekends. She hopes her students find excitement, interpersonal connection, and empowerment in her classes.
See more images of her work below, or by visiting her website angelarobins.com or on her instagram @robins.angela