The latest episode in a video series highlighting the history of Hamilton, Ontario. Produced by the Hamilton Public Library in association with the Local History & Archives Department, 2015. Narrated by Margaret Houghton. Edited by Alex Miller and Jeff Comer.
This project is actually a Christmas gift for my mom. She wanted to display some of her collectibles on a shelf so this is what I made for her. I just used a series of dado cuts to join the pieces together and did a nice red oak stain. I finished it off with some glossy spray lacquer. I’ve never used the gloss version before but it looks pretty nice. This is a very simple, yet elegant, project you can do in a weekend. I would recommend investing in a dado stack if you don’t already have one. It will make cutting the grooves in your pieces a lot easier.
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Demonstrates the process of weaving twine warp and weft into a strong and decorative seat or chair back with a checkerboard style design. Learn an ancient woven art form soon to be lost forever to mechanization. Shows how to make tools required for the job.
Transcript provided for the hearing impaired:
Alright so today on Repairs101 I’ve got a really cool one for you. I’m going to show you how to replace a missing seat or chair back by weaving rope, string, yarn, twine, whatever into this really cool checkerboard pattern. Alright? Stick around, you’re going to want to learn this one.
So as I progressed into this project I remembered all the details I’d forgotten like leave enough slack in the Warp because otherwise it gets so tight that you won’t be able to finish it and you’ll have to pull it all apart.
You’re going to need a couple of different sized shuttles to wind your cord onto and I made these out of eighth inch plywood. So just load up your shuttles by winding it around.
OK so the Warp is the underlying structure of the weave. Start by securing the cord with a Clove Hitch. If you don’t know how to tie one check out my video “Ten Plus Knots You Want To Know”.
OK so this is very important – at the beginning and end of every five turns I wrap a crossbar to make a spacer row in the Warp.
OK so I learned this skill probably twenty five years ago when I was an outpatient in the Workers’ Compensation Hospital’s vocational rehabilitation program. So I made this one back then and gave it to my parents as a Christmas gift because, back then, um I was pretty much penniless and to tell you the truth as soon as the Workers’ Compensation Hospital was through with me I was homeless too. Although, OK not exactly homeless, I had this garage that I rented and in spite of the fact that I was living there and I was months behind in my rent and it was not zoned for residential use – the gentleman who owned the place, Don, he um, he was kind enough not to throw me out. OK so the point of my story is: I come back to my garage after working all day and I kick back on my work bench. So I’m laying there on my back with a bag of day –old donuts that I bought for two dollars and I fell asleep eating them with the light on. And so a couple of hours later I wake up and I open my eyes and perched here on my chest, right about here, is a big fat hairy rat about six or eight inches long and he’s eating my donuts!
Use your separator sticks to hold the Warp apart in groups and pass the shuttle in between them. And, yeah, you have to weave both sides for this to hold securely. OK so it’s just a matter of passing the shuttle around through five times, wrapping the sixth as a spacer and then continuing weaving five rows at a time opposite to the next five rows and separated by a wrap around the crossbar.
Now as the space gets tighter you’ll be glad you heard what I said about making sure you weave the Warp loosely. Switch to your smaller shuttles and smaller spacer sticks. For your last group of five you’ll probably only have room for a crochet hook. Then just take a few minutes to space all the cord out evenly. And maybe you want to give it a haircut if you bought the cheapest kind of twine available, like I did.
Alright and there you have it: it’s a skill that’s being lost to mechanization around the world.
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And I was real grateful that he trusted me that way and of course I paid him up in full before I did move on and I thank him for trusting me to do that.
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