David Walbert Hand-Tool Woodworking

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Carved-edge milking stool

A traditional three-legged stool with octagonal legs (drawn from the tradition of Welsh “stick chairs”) and a seat edge carved with a drawknife. Two layers of differently colored milk paint highlight the texture: shown here are black over red and bayberry green over red. I have also finished solid white oak stools with linseed oil, garnet shellac and black wax, which gives a lovely antique effect.