Photo Essay: Weaving Authentic Hickory Bark

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Snow fell on my house today, so it’s the perfect day to finish my winter blog series on authentic hickory bark. I have actually written this post three times, captioning each photo three times only to have them pop up blank on the preview. The photos aren’t necessarily in order (though they show up that way on my editing page), but you lovely readers are smart and can figure such things out. Thanks for reading! Share on facebook please! Go Bark Repair.

The bark on this seat has been worn flat and thin over the decades. The Master's tools for authentic hickory bark weaving The flat rails are hand carved, and thin but strong.  Instead of splicing with overlapping strands, you make a lock and key joint. The pointy bit goes on the inside of the seat. The bottom must look as good as the top. And here's where you pray the pointy bit doesn't break off when you pull. The bark will eventually curl down so you have to make sure you wrap it right. Ready for sanding and tung oil.
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The pointy bit goes on the inside of the seat. The bottom must look as good as the top.

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