Since this blog seems to be transitioning from all-workbenches-all-the-time to all-stools-all-the-time, I thought I’d pass along something I came across recently. The Batonga people, of present-day Zimbabwe and Zambia, have traditionally carved stools out of single log sections. The stools range from very simple:
to much more elaborate:
They sometimes incorporate a carrying handle, as the latter image shows.
Designs vary quite a bit, although there are some recurring themes. I do wonder about the long-term viability of a stool whose supports incorporate a sharp, cross-grain right angle:
Then again, the people who carve and use these probably don’t have BMI levels in quite the same range as our own.
If you do a search on “batonga stool” you’ll find quite a few for sale.