A boatbuilding method applied to furniture
Synopsis: Larry Hendricks was first inspired to apply boatbuilding methods to furniture construction when an acquaintance asked him to make an heirloom-quality cradle for a soon-to-arrive child. While discussing design, boat-like images of Wynken, Blynken and Nod, from the nursery rhyme, sailing in a wooden shoe, and the story of Moses in the bullrushes came to Hendricks mind. He’d always wanted to be a boatbuilder and this would be an excuse to experiment with the cold-molding method, a woodbending technique that relates to form laminating, but uses staples to hold strips of bent wood in place until glue cures. In this article, Hendricks details the step-by-step process with photos and instructions. This technique is then readily adaptable for all kind of curved furniture plus, of course, boats of all sizes, from canoes to schooners.
I first conceived of this cradle when I received a phone call from an acquaintance…