Slipper, Pad, Cabriolet…


Dennis learned to turn this charming furniture leg from the late Allan Batty.  It was a common request in Batty’s day in the English turning shop.

The turning requires cutting off the pommel (square section at top), tapering the leg, and then offsetting it enough to create a dainty ankle just above the foot.  It has been identified as a cabriolet leg, or a slipper foot, but it is most accurately described as a pad foot.

This little lady’s stool is just 10′ square, with a 2″ deep cushion to comfort another dainty ankle or two.  The wood is American cherry from the NW region of Missouri where Dennis grew up.  Greg at Paige Woodworking helped Dennis with the pocket-hole joinery.