In the natural course of things here at the Hay shop we only carve occasionally, but over the last few weeks it’s been the daily activity for Bill and I. That much bending over is fatiguing on the neck and back when working at normal bench height. After participating in a two week carving class working 12 – 13 hours a day, we were sold on the advantage of having the carving at elbow height. So before we started carving the side board for the up coming symposium, we joined together a pair of carving platforms.
The general form is based on a design by Steve Latta. We modified materials and construction to be more period appropriate. The overall height of the platform is simply the difference between an individual’s working bench height and elbow height. The rails are tenoned through the stiles, glued and wedged. Thick tenons on the top of the stiles are fit tight dry into the underside of the 1 1/2″ thick top so that it can be taken apart and stored more conveniently. The front stiles run 3″ below the bottom stretcher so that they can be held in the vise or with a hold fast. A line of holes run down the center of the top for the use of small holdfasts.
More about this at the symposium, but right now it’s time to get back to work.
Merry Christmas! Kaare