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Rustic Carpentry – Paul N. Hasluck
INTRODUCTION BY RALPH KYLLOE
Rustic Carpentry Paul N Hasluck One day, long ago, a Caveman rolled a log over in front of a fire pit and sat down. That log was the first piece of furniture! Rustic in every way, the log no doubt retained all of its original burls, twists, contortions, and probably a few branches and some bark as well. It was a great invention! The materials were there for the choosing.amazon kindle Big people could have big logs and little people could use little logs as seating. It’s safe to guess that shortly after the invention of the log chair some brilliant guy put a few branches together and created the first table!
Then iron was invented. Once hard metal became available, people created all kinds of saws, files, hammers, and nails. And just a few hundred years after that we had Lazy Boy recliners! With the industrial revolution came things that didn’t look at all like the organic materials they were created from. Through all this, our lives have become more complex than our ancestors could have imagined. We sit in high-tech desk chairs staring at computer screens, watch television from plush synthetic sofas,Epub and live in homes made of materials we don’t understand. Yet every once in a while nature pokes us in the ribs, begging our attention. To appease her, we fill our homes with plants and pets, vacation in the great outdoors, and dabble in rustic furniture!
The back-to-nature movement is not new.Kindle Every major philosopher throughout history has argued for a simpler life. Thoreau and many others wrote volumes about the joys of nature. The Romantics argued for a deepened appreciation of all things natural and for the creative spirit inherent in all humanity. Today, because of our deepening involvement in technology and our disassociation with the environment, our collected common sense invites us to return to something that we can comprehend, something we can feel and touch.
Throughout all of humanity the drive to create exists. As a species we’ve invented all sorts of things, each designed, in some way, to make our lives a bit easier or more beautiful. In many respects, we’re a very sophisticated species. Our brains require us to expand on the simple and to keep active. In education we refer to this phenomenon as the “Theory of Maximum Arousal.” Some people make quilts, whirligigs, or toys, others create gardens, or paint paintings. And some people make rustic furniture.Rustic furniture is unique. It’s full of humor and folly. It is not taken seriously. It is also, however, full of attitude and abandon. It’s almost a slap in the face to high technology and high society. It’s replete with charm and personality. And all of the twists, turns, and aberrations inherent in the materials used make it more inviting. There is little or no attempt to alter or disguise the materials used in rustic furniture. It’s real and honest stuff—the more organic the better.
Rustic furniture is not solely the creation of Americans
Every society throughout the world has some form of it. Early wood block prints from China show images of wildly organic tables, chairs, and settees made from roots and branches. Rustic furniture has been found in Italy, throughout Scandinavia, Russia, and South America. This has been going on for thousands of generations—the earliest accounts of rustic furniture and log cabins date to about ten thousand years ago!
In truth, the building of rustic furniture has changed little over the years. To make the simplest furniture all you really need is a saw, hammer, nails, and a few other tools; the bigger pieces of furniture don’t require much more! Even though Rustic Carpentry was first written in 1907, the information contained in this book is all that’s necessary to start creating rustic furniture. Equally important is the artwork on these pages, which offer a rare glimpse into the aesthetic of the day.pdf Ideas of balance, form, and scale—all the elements of beauty and perception—are really no different today than when the pieces shown were created a century ago.
Rustic furniture is a passion I’ve enjoyed for more than thirty years. A classic folk art, rustic furniture done well can thrill viewers and shape cultures. This book is a perfect place to start.
LIGHT RUSTIC WORK
RUSTIC carpentry does not demand great skill in woodworking, but it does require a large amount of artistic perception. The tools needed are but few, and the materials employed are comparatively cheap, although in many districts they are becoming dearer every year.
It may be said that any articles made from the now popular bamboo may be made quite as effectively in light rustic work.
For light rustic work, sticks of hazel, cherry, yew, blackthorn, birch,Amazon larch, fir, and the prunings of many varieties of shrubs may be used; but it is necessary that the material should be cut at the proper season, and thoroughly dried before being worked up. The sticks should be cut in mid-winter, as at that time the sap is at rest; if cut in the summer time the bark will peel off. If peeled sticks are required, they should be cut in the spring, when the sap is rising, as at that time the rind will come off easily. In some districts the copses are cleared of undergrowth periodically, and the sticks (generally hazel) sold to hurdle and spar makers. A selection of these sticks would be very suitable for the purpose here described.
The sticks should be stacked in an open shed in an upright position if possible, and in such a manner that the air can freely circulate around them. When they are required for fishing rods or walking sticks they are hung up to season—this keeps them straighter; but the hanging of them up is not necessary for the work about to be dealt with. When the sticks have been put away for from six to twelve months, according tc size, they will be ready for use, after being rubbed with a cloth or brushed to clean off the dust and bring up the colour of the bark. Fir cones may often be worked into a design, and bits of rough bark and the warts and burrs found on old elm trees may be collected by the rustic worker and put by for future use.
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