View from the Garage

December 22, 2008

Togolese Stool

Filed under: Woodworking — thefusionguy @ 8:09 pm

In my travels in Togo, West Africa, to visit my daughter in the Peace Corps there, I found that they have a very traditional design for stools and benches. This design can be seen everywhere in one form or another, and in fact it appears to be the only design. Here’s a photo of a well-used one:


So here’s the version of the same stool that I made for her. For the first time in my furniture-building career, I nailed the pieces together. It’s made of jatoba, a hard and heavy wood from South America (harvested in a sustainable way, according to the lumber yard). It’s unfinished, in keeping with the original.


  1. That’s an unfortunate title.

    Comment by O — December 23, 2008 @ 2:10 am

  2. It’s beautiful!

    Comment by M. Towber — December 23, 2008 @ 4:40 am

  3. Well, maybe it is an unfortunate title. My daughter says that solid stools are rarely seen in Togo…

    Comment by ron — December 23, 2008 @ 11:33 am

  4. Thank you for sharing your site. I’ll take one of everything. I had no idea what you were doing in the garage. The stool is great and the woods blend well!!! Now I have some ideas on how to display things. Will share with Donald and my brother who is now into woodwork/craft now that he is retired. Keep up the good work. “The neighbor”

    Comment by Joanne et all — December 26, 2008 @ 8:38 pm

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