Windsor chair legs

I spent the morning on Sunday picking up a maple log from a neighbor. It has perfectly straight grain which is well suited to making chair legs. Straight grain means strong legs. The log was then hand riven ( like splitting kindling) into square billets which I will then turn ( green) on the lathe into chair legs.

 large maple round. 19" diameter by 24" long

large maple round. 19" diameter by 24" long

 square billets. Straight grain is so nice to work with.

square billets. Straight grain is so nice to work with.

 finished leg

finished leg