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A passion for woodwork

— 17 Jul 2020


Once the decayed parts had been removed, Darryn used epoxy resin to fill the gaps, before constructing with tenon joints, shouldered mortice and clamping on kitchen table


The finished stool in which the grain of the wood, and the beautiful construction are the stars

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This lovely little workshop stool is the latest project from our talented Senior Architectural Technologist, Darryn Marrs, whose passion for construction and woodwork keeps him busy in his spare time.

Despite working full time at home through lockdown over the last few months he has found the time to complete several carpentry projects including this smart little Japanese style bath stool, which took some invention to craft.

Unable to go out during lockdown to buy wood, Darryn got creative by salvaging an old creosote-soaked sleeper out of his barn. The sleeper was decayed to dust all the way through the centre, but he managed to save two small sections from the edges. He then chopped, planed, sanded and glued until he had a board wide enough to use for the stool, and filled any gaps with clear epoxy resin.

To construct the stool Darryn used through tenons and a lower brace with long horizontal shouldered mortice and tenon joints, to hold the elegant tapered angled legs.

This was a challenging project with a lot of precise work involved in achieving the correct angles and tapering, and working with a variety of different materials which behave in different ways. Darryn’s love of detailing meant he had the patience to follow the project through, and he commented that he really enjoyed making it.

The characterful stool is beautifully constructed, and what was once a forgotten and decaying sleeper has been thoughtfully brought back to life by upcycling and adapting from salvage.

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