Woodworker: Michael Pekovich
Michael Pekovich crafted this traditional 18th-century chair from freshly cut oak. The pieces were split out of the green logs, then rough-shaped on a shaving horse. The key to this chair is the moist/bone-dry joinery. Rungs, dried to a moisture content of about 5%, are inserted into posts at 15% moisture content; as the rungs absorb moisture from the posts, they swell and lock tight in the joint. A seat of woven hickory bark completes the project. The chair is finished with boiled linseed oil.
Photo: Mark Schofield