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The Woodsman Stool
« on: March 29, 2013, 11:06:05 AM »
I genrally don't mind sitting on the ground but today I needed something more substantial than birch bark insulating me from the tundra. I decided to make a simple tri-pod type stool. Instead of a fabric or leather seat I used some climbing vines which are a nuisance to the trees in my forest. I cut three limbs the length of my arm and the diameter of my grasp.

I started by tying the vine in a half hitch knot in the middle of the bundle then I splayed the legs apart evenly and began to weave the vine up the limbs.

When I start to run out of vine I just tuck the tag end in the weave, grab a new vine and start the process of weaving again until I reach the top of the limbs. It kinda looks like a bird's nest when I was finished so to clean it up a bit I tucked all the stray ends in or cut them off.

Here's a top view of the woven seat from start to finnish it took me about 20 minutes to a half hour.

Well it's time to pop-a-squat brew up some coffee and test this thing out. Amazingly, IT HELD! It's surprisingly solid yet flexible when sat upon. It will be interesting to see how long it holds up I know these vines will eventually dry up and become brittle. As a substitute for the vines as cordage I suppose you could use bark or roots and have to same or perhaps superior results.

I hope you all enjoyed the woodsman stool thanks for checkin' it out!

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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2013, 11:09:31 AM »
Wow. So how long did it take to make that? Looks real sturdy and actually kinda comfortable.
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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2013, 11:17:03 AM »
Nice work! Looks a lot more comfy than those lil foldup camp seats from 'as seen on TV'!
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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2013, 11:19:37 AM »
That's awesome!
Great work!
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The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2013, 11:20:42 AM »
That's pretty cool, but I just normally sit on the ground. If its wet or snow covered ill just sit in my sleeping pad.
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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2013, 11:30:01 AM »
Wow. So how long did it take to make that? Looks real sturdy and actually kinda comfortable.

It didn't take me too long to knock it up...  Maybe 20 to a half hour?  Yes, very sturdy the weave makes it flexible yet solid! 

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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2013, 11:32:38 AM »
Great idea.  I'll have to try this out. 
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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2013, 11:34:16 AM »
Nice work! Looks a lot more comfy than those lil foldup camp seats from 'as seen on TV'!

Hey thanks!  I had a little fold up tripod camp chair before, it didn't survive 1 camp out before it busted...

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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2013, 11:35:18 AM »
I really enjoy making impromptu camp gear (tables, stools, etc.). That's a good use of available materials.

Gee, add three more legs, weave the vines like a basket and I see a potential "porta-potty". Hahaha!

Seriously though, nice job!
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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2013, 11:40:43 AM »
It didn't take me too long to knock it up...  Maybe 20 to a half hour?
Jeez. That's pretty impressive I think. Probably take me a couple hours and even then it would probably fall apart under my weight.
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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2013, 11:43:34 AM »
I really enjoy making impromptu camp gear (tables, stools, etc.). That's a good use of available materials.

Gee, add three more legs, weave the vines like a basket and I see a potential "porta-potty". Hahaha!

Seriously though, nice job!

If you decide to make one as a porta potty, please change the name to something other than "the woodsman's stool".
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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2013, 11:46:34 AM »
I really enjoy making impromptu camp gear (tables, stools, etc.). That's a good use of available materials.

Gee, add three more legs, weave the vines like a basket and I see a potential "porta-potty". Hahaha!

Seriously though, nice job!

If you decide to make one as a porta potty, please change the name to something other than "the woodsman's stool".

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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2013, 11:52:04 AM »
Great job on the stool.
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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2013, 11:58:58 AM »
It didn't take me too long to knock it up...  Maybe 20 to a half hour?
Jeez. That's pretty impressive I think. Probably take me a couple hours and even then it would probably fall apart under my weight.

Give it a try, I'll bet you'd be surprised!

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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2013, 12:00:52 PM »
I really enjoy making impromptu camp gear (tables, stools, etc.). That's a good use of available materials.

Gee, add three more legs, weave the vines like a basket and I see a potential "porta-potty". Hahaha!

Seriously though, nice job!

If you decide to make one as a porta potty, please change the name to something other than "the woodsman's stool".

Lol...  I guess it would be quite an appropriate name for it?

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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2013, 12:03:04 PM »
This is exactly the kind of thing that SCREAMS "Bushcraft'' in my book!   I always encourage the Boy Scouts to construct all manner of camp furniture like this......it teaches them how to use the axe, saw & knife along with the 'pioneering' skills of lashing and thinking outside the box!

Good job!  Thanks for showing the use of the natural lashing materials and, as a new forum member, jumping right into the fray and becoming a contributing member rather than merely lurking in the shadows.  I hope others, that feel reluctance to jump in and post, follow your lead.  None of us bite! O:-)
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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2013, 12:08:30 PM »
This is exactly the kind of thing that SCREAMS "Bushcraft'' in my book!   I always encourage the Boy Scouts to construct all manner of camp furniture like this......it teaches them how to use the axe, saw & knife along with the 'pioneering' skills of lashing and thinking outside the box!

Good job!  Thanks for showing the use of the natural lashing materials and, as a new forum member, jumping right into the fray and becoming a contributing member rather than merely lurking in the shadows.  I hope others, that feel reluctance to jump in and post, follow your lead.  None of us bite! O:-)

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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2013, 01:17:46 PM »
I love it man!  Having & using "the brains" to do this, is exactly what I envision
when I recall the saying, "the more you carry in your head, the less you carry on your back."


I can always appreciate carrying less, but not doing without.  My luck would have the vines crawling
with chiggers, lol. 


Thanks a ton for posting this up - it looks great!


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The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2013, 01:53:34 PM »
This is exactly the kind of thing that SCREAMS "Bushcraft'' in my book!   I always encourage the Boy Scouts to construct all manner of camp furniture like this......it teaches them how to use the axe, saw & knife along with the 'pioneering' skills of lashing and thinking outside the box!

Good job!  Thanks for showing the use of the natural lashing materials and, as a new forum member, jumping right into the fray and becoming a contributing member rather than merely lurking in the shadows.  I hope others, that feel reluctance to jump in and post, follow your lead.  None of us bite! O:-)
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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2013, 01:59:36 PM »
Love it! Thanks for posting! Just yesterday I was wondering what a person might use to make a quick, easy chair from natural materials. Tripod chairs are pretty easy but I have always seen them built using leather or fabric for the seat. This woven design is great because it doesn't require any extra material to be brought along. :thumbsup:


Plus this would look great on the porch of a cabin...

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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #20 on: December 18, 2013, 06:26:49 PM »
Very nice man. I've made a couple and they are great to just leave out in the woods, because next time they become my fire.
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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #21 on: January 10, 2014, 11:49:59 AM »
Pretty slick its always nice to an extra seat off the ground

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« Reply #22 on: January 10, 2014, 10:35:22 PM »
A perfect example of missing a very cool and informative thread, thanks for bringing it back to life  :thumbsup:
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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #23 on: January 18, 2014, 07:58:39 AM »
Wow, it's coming up on a year since I constructed it...  I'll have to go check to see if the stool is still in tacked, I went out to my spot a few moths ago and it was still as strong as the day I made it.   

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« Reply #24 on: January 18, 2014, 10:33:26 AM »
I'm guessing it's good to go for another yr
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« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2014, 12:33:58 PM »
A perfect example of missing a very cool and informative thread, thanks for bringing it back to life  :thumbsup:

Yeah, I don't know how I miss these either.  Very nice job on this indeed-gonna have to try this one out for sure!

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« Reply #26 on: January 20, 2014, 07:53:05 AM »
Nice work. Great idea. I did something similar before Christmas but folded my bandana into a triangle and tied it to the tripod. I really like the creeper idea.
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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #27 on: January 25, 2014, 01:56:26 PM »
I went out for a day hike and came across my stool today.



It's still intact, just frozen to the tundra.



It's still as strong as the day I built it and it's been almost a year now.



I need one of these for my shop!   :D

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Re: The Woodsman Stool
« Reply #28 on: January 25, 2014, 04:32:03 PM »
We had one particular table that we lashed together that lasted for 5 or 6 years before needing ANY repairs at all, so I would expect your built-like-a-tank stool to last every bit as long or longer! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2014, 03:11:27 PM »
Now That is some cool stuff,thank you for sharing
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« Reply #30 on: January 26, 2014, 06:09:45 PM »
That looks great! I think you can even lash a back on it to make it even more comfortable
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« Reply #31 on: January 26, 2014, 07:09:11 PM »
That is pretty awesome. This is on my Must Do list, and my Soon list.
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