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Willie Simmons Workshop

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Everyone drifting in and setting up at Barb's Barn

The instructor was Willie Simmons from Fincastle, Virginia

The plan for the day was to turn the components for a stool...

and weave the seat

The Saturday session had only 7 students vs Friday's 11

There are three parts, with 4 each, to the stool

Willie launches into demonstrating his way of making them...

and passes around one of the legs

Willie gets his wood from a pallet factory near his home

He uses an open end wrench to quickly determine the tenon size

The class starts to make the wooden components for their stool

Everyone got a kit with the necessary wood to make their own

Jim Hilburger helped Willie with some of the newer turners

Willie explains the next steps once the 12 pieces are complete

He explains the selection process to show the best pieces

Willie's V block for drilling the legs

He uses a Forstner bit and eyeballs the depth

The legs ready for the first step of assembly

Glue is put in one hole and then spread to the others

The cross pieces are fitted and driven home with a dead blow hammer

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Photos by Kurt Hertzog
     

 


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