I designed a new one to embrace more modern concepts and unite them with the hand tools I use which of course are those I’ve relied on for well over half a century. I actually made three of them in quick succession to perfect the ideas for you to follow. Oak, ash, pine and sycamore came in to play too. The concept is simple but the twists are different and so we can all learn together for free online with woodworkingmasterclasses.com. You will need to sign in but it is so well worth it and if you really like it then please get your friends on board and join us here
Aside from the valleyed seat, wane to the edges, the gap and the handle scallops, the legs are tapered octagonals that pass through an undercarriage bearer into and through the seat itself. It’s maybe a days work but the exciting aspect are the bent and laminated cross-ply bearers. Super strong of course but more than that, you can use up skinny slim offcuts to make them as they are so small or of course you can rip them, plane them and enjoy the exercise.
If this is indeed a first lamination project for you it is a great starter piece. Once you have laminated the bearers, left them overnight for the glue to fully dry and cure, turn them over, pinnacle point uppermost and stand on the point. You’ll be surprised at the resilience of the lamination. I know, some will say why not just cut the vee on the bandsaw. That’s for the unadventuresome. Leave them to their own and join us a laminating adventure. Think white water rafting!