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Building a Stool out of Wood

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Course objective: Each participant builds a small stool (three-legged stool) with a seat of about 30 x 20-30 cm and a seat height of 25-30-45 cm.

The exact dimensions can be determined by the course participants. Traditional hand tools (such as hand saws, carving tools, planes, axes, hand drills, etc.) are mainly used to build the stool.

Course content:The participants learn how to use hand tools such as hand saws, axes, draw knives, carving tools, planes, etc. The seat of the stool is made from a piece of wood. The seat can be shaped in different ways (oval, square, rounded) and decorated with carving tools. Then the holes for the legs are drilled into the seat using a hand drill. The legs of the stool are made from pieces of branch that are cut to the appropriate length and tapered at the top with the help of an ax and drawknife. The end is then fitted exactly into the holes, the legs are fixed in the seat with glue and wooden wedges. It is also explained which types of wood can be used to build stools (and also furniture),

Historical background: Simple seating furniture probably existed relatively early (approx. from the Neolithic Age in the Linear Pottery Culture around 5700-4900 BC). This can be deduced from clay figures that were depicted sitting on simple pieces of furniture. There is evidence of seating furniture from 3000 BC. B.C. also from Egypt, and many well-preserved finds of stools and chairs from the 15th century B.C. from the 2nd century B.C. The finds come from Tall Baghouz (Syria), where a total of 17 beds, 8 stools and 8 tables were found in a Bronze Age burial ground. The wood of the furniture survived the dry climate. By the end of the Bronze Age at the latest, all the tools needed to make furniture were available in Europe. In ancient Rome and also among the Celts, there was sophisticated seating furniture with wooden joints. The stool built in the course is of simple construction compared to these. A find of a very similar three-legged stool exists from the Viking Age (stool from Lund, 11th century) with the dimensions of the seat plate of approx. 40x20 cm. Of course, in the Viking Age there was also more complicated furniture with many wooden joints (eg Oseberg bed), but in order to provide a good introduction to woodworking for beginners, the content of the course is limited to the three-legged stool and its simple wooden joints.

Participation: from 18 years
Instructor: Ferenc Zámolyi
Course duration: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
Course costs: 100 euros
Material costs: 20 euros