The Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site Wooden Stool Collection

December 9, 2012 Comments Off on The Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site Wooden Stool Collection

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Shortly after I first posted about The Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site (Site), I was contacted by the curator of the museum, Christina Sweet. Having seen that I was interested in the wooden stools at the Site and that I was planning on building my own, she graciously offered to send me pictures and descriptions of the entire collection of stools. (I didn’t think to just contact the museum directly instead of speculating on things so much.) Below are the pictures and descriptions of each as they were provided. They are reproduced here with permission of the Site. The measurements are shown as L x W x H cm (inches).

Seeing them all together like this provides great insight into the lives of the Chinese community at John Day a century ago. Some of the stools appear to be more finely crafted, while others look like they were put together in a few hours from whatever wood that happened to be lying around. All look to be made from local pine, and in some cases knots and other wood defects weren’t even avoided. The uniformity of design is unmistakable, however. Looking at the entire collection, I find them fascinating. Many thanks to Christina Sweet, and the Site for allowing these to be reproduced on this lonely blog.

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Source: The Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site

KWC2007.1.2676
00/1976 – “Stool – oiled around square nails.  Deep suts in top & 1 edge has twin cuts in it.  Top nailed to ends & braces.  Braces notched into ends as is foot brace, all flush 10 nails in top.  Seems to have been used as sawhorse.”  (JB)
06/2007 – Stool – Two boards serve as legs. They taper in up to the seat forming a triangle. There is a single brace between the legs. Square nails are used in the construction. (RS)
32.7 x 22.5 x 52.2 (12.9 x 8.9 x 20.6)

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KWC2007.1.2762
00/1976 – “Stool – rough oiled wood smoothed by use.  Top nailed to 2 ends & braced by 2 sides notched into ends.  Foot rest at base, notched flush into ends.  Crack runs length of top.  Notch for feet.”  (JB)
06/2007 – Short wooden stool – light wood – dark varnish/ Rectangular seat, wide legs, inverted ‘V’ cut in legs. Legs slant inwards toward seat/ Brace in-set between legs. Seat is one piece of wood. Appear to be hand-wrought nails. (RS)
34 x 23.5 x 46 (13.4 x 9.25 x 18.1)

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KWC2007.1.1540
00/1976 – “Stool – oiled wood, top nailed to ends & braces, braces nailed to ends no notches.  Foot brace is notched & nailed to ends.  Ends notched to form feet.  No cracks in top.”  (JB)
05/2007 – Wood bench with flat top.  Top has sides.  Sides have (4) square nails.  top/sides are attached to two legs.  Bottom of legs have triangular arches.  (1) rectangular bar attached to legs on one side.  (TC)
30.5 x 22.3 x 46 (12 x 8.8 x 18.1)

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KWC2007.1.2677
00/1976 –  “Stool – oiled wood, square nails, top rough, nailed to ends & braces.  Braces flush in notches.  Double foot braces on bottom.  12 nails in top.”  (JB)
06/2007 – Tall stool. Two boards form the legs. Inverted ‘V’ cut into legs at floor. Two braces. one on each side, span between braces near floor. Braces are notched into legs. Width of legs tapers in toward seat. Legs are slanted to form a triangular shape. Square nails are used on stools’ construction. Seat: 35.5 cm by 24 cm. Unknown type of wood. (RS)
35.2 x 24 x 66.6 (12.8 x 9.4 x 26.2)

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KWC2007.1.1543
00/1976 – “Stool – oiled wood, top nailed to braces & ends. Braces notched into ends – flush. Foot brace in notches in ends, finishing nails rather than square nails. Ends of foot brace cut flush to sides after put together, saw marks.” (JB)
05/2007 – Wooden stool – top is rectangular and flat. Sides of top are semi-triangular in shape. Six nails visible on both sides. Shaft of nail is visible on each side. One nail is not hammered all the way into the wood. Top and sides are connected by two legs. There is a triangular formation at the bottom of both legs. There is a rectangular bar that attaches to legs on one side only. (TC)
32.8 x 23.5 x 52 (12.9 x 9.25 x 20.5)

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KWC2007.1.3238
00/1976 – “Stool – top nailed to ends and side braces which are notched into ends. Foot brace is notched into ends flush, oiled wood. made with finish nails, so not too old.” (JB)
07/2007 – Stool, short – wood, unsanded. (2) planks of wood for sides.feet. A “V” cut out of bottom to make feet. (1) front brace placed in cut-outs each side, nailed into plank. Sides angled up; (2) cross braces slotted front and back into side planks, nailed to edges. Top piece seat nailed to plank top edges and brace top edges. Dark brown finish – age or stain?  Smooth on seat, braces and some of side planks. Foot brace worn on top edge. (JS)
32.8 x 23.8 x 51.5 (12.9 x 9.4 x 20.3)

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KWC2007.1.2849
00/1976  – “Stool – top nailed to ends 7 braces which are nailed and notched flush in ends.  One brace is flush w/side of top.  Foot brace is notched in flush and is worn very thin – originally, 55 cm, now 1.5 cm, square nails, oiled wood.  Probably the oldest stool, certainly the most used.  Was used as base for candles a lot.”  (JB)
06/2007 – Stool –  Two wide legs.  “V” cut out of legs.  Brace cut into legs.  Brace nearly worn through.  Seat is a single piece.  Constructed with square nails.  There are some round nails also.  Added Later?  Appears that finish was added later.  (RS)
35.2 x 20 x 50.8 (13.9 x 7.9 x 20)

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KWC2007.1.470
00/1976 – “Top nailed to ends & 2 braces w/braces nailed to ends.  Crack running length of top.  One side has foot brace, other a step.  Ends are notched w/triangle to form feet, oiled wood.  Only stool w/foot step.”  JB
03/08/2007 – Wooden stool. Seat has vertical front and rear faces (one board each) attached to a horizontal cross board, all of which are overlaid with a wider horizontal cross board (the sitting surface). Leg are two boards, one constituting the left and right side of the stool each. A brace spans those near the bottom and spanning this is a step, at the same height as the rear brace. (approximately 18 cm from floor). Seat appears sanded, other surfaces are rough. (CS)
41.5 x 33 x 70 (16.3 x 13 x 27.6)   [Step] 33.5 x 10.5 x 21 (13.2 x 4.1 x 8.25)

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KWC2007.1.1570
00/1976 – “Tall stool.  Top nailed to 2 ends w/side braces notched in just under top.  Legs taper out to bottom.  Foot brace notched in at bottom.  Ends are [triangle drawn] notched to form feet, oiled wood.”  (JB)
05/2007 – Stool – wood.  (2) plank sides, notched at bottom to make feet.  Brace applied 1/3 from bottom, used as foot rest.  Worn down by many feet.  Plank seat, w/ angled braces set into side planks.  All secured with square head nails.  Dark brown patina.  Rough, never sanded, and finish off.  (JS)
32.8 x 19.5 x 75 (12.9 x 7.7 x 29.5)

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KWC2007.1.2531
00/1976 – “Oiled wood, top nailed to ends & side braces.  Braces nailed into notches in ends.  Foot rest near bottom on one side, in notches.  Ends notched for feet.  Foot rest not flush.”  (JB)
06/2007 – Stool, small – wood.  Flat (1) piece wood top, nailed to (2) flat panels flared out, with deep notch to make legs and feet.  One rung nailed into cutouts on legs.  Side aprons angled.  Square and round head nails.  Never sanded or finished.  Primitive.  (JS)
35.4 x 25.7 x 44.5 (13.9 x 10.1 x 17.5)

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Source: The Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site

KWC2007.1.1537
00/1976 – Oiled wood, square nails, all but top very smooth inside and out.  Top nailed to ends and side braces.  Braces in flush with ends as is foot brace.  Foot brace very heavy duty (5cm x 2.5cm).  Only (6) nails in top.  #192.  (JB)
05/2007 – (1) wooden stool.  Top is rectangular and flat.  sides of top are triangular and have (4) nails.  Top with side is attached to (2) legs.  One narrow rectangular bar is attached to one side of the legs towards the bottom.  The bottom of the legs at feet have a triangular area.  (TC)
32.8 x 20.4 x 74.9 (12.9 x 8 x 29.5)

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KWC2007.1.2567
06/2007 – Stool, tall – wood.  Thick plank seat.  (4) half fluted legs with mortise and tenon joints bottom of seat.  (3) stretchers that mortise and tenon join with legs.  (1) stretcher is missing.  Nails also used on stretcher joints.  Joints come right through to top of seat.  (JS)
40.6 x 24.3 x 63 (16 x 9.6 x 24.8)

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