I decided the octagonal look was a bit too angular. In hindsight, it probably would have looked fine with the finish I chose, but this way looks great, too.
First, a few more details on how I carved these legs. I used the drawknife to rough out the shape, then refined and smoothed it with a spokeshave. This worked great, except for the little bit that a spokeshave couldn't reach by the foot. This has to be cleaned up with a sharp chisel.
|Cleaning up the bit by the foot with a chisel.|
|This story stick tells me where everything on this chair has to go. I have marked the following: the feet, where the various tapers start, and where all of the holes for the stretchers should be bored.|
|Now the legs are finished! Or are they?|
Next up, shaping the stretchers!