“We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.”
Here is my latest chair, a Comb Back with a built up rail and a shield seat rather than an oval seat.
I got the wood for the turning from a piece of maple destined for the firewood pile and it was a really sweet log.
Here you can see the built up arm. The arm is 1 1/8" thick and 7/8" wide, which makes it a tough bend. A strap (yes I use a strap) helps to give a little extra torque. The arm portion is then cut away and scraped smooth. Finally the little cove you see is chopped out.
Above you can see the seat and arms, and the carved knuckles, as well as the swelled spindles.
The carved ear and knuckle.
Finally took some time to go for a hike with my daughter. The leaves are just a little past peak, but there is still plenty of color.
We climbed Haystack Mountain located in Mapleton, about 5 miles from my house. It's a short hike to some fantastic views. The rangers have done a great job making the trail more accessible, putting in these cool stairs with rocks.
Almost to the top..
View looking south at Squapan Mountain with Squapan Lake to the right.
Below is the view south-west with Mt. Katahdin just left of center, the northern terminus on the Appalachian Trail. Katahdin is tough, long climb so for now we'll stick to Haystack. As I said, the leaves are a little past peak, but even so the views are incredible around this neck of the woods.