T-stool

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Over 20 years ago, I (Andy) designed and made a meditation stool.  I’ve been using it ever since!  Now I’ve decided to make and sell these stools.

Sitting cross-legged on the floor is not very comfortable for me – I find my back curving and I have to use back muscles to maintain a good posture.  Using a meditation cushion helps but what I find to be best are the small bench type stools, with a slightly sloping top, designed to be used in a kneeling position.  These are sometimes called zen stools or meditation benches.  When sitting on these, my back is naturally straight without me having to tense any muscles.

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Zen stools usually have quite a wide top for sitting on, with supporting legs at either end.  Even if the supporting legs fold up, the design is not small enough for the nomadic life that I lead.  So, I designed a more compact version of the zen stool, which I call a T-stool.

As you can see from the pictures, the T-stool has one central leg.  When in use, one’s feet are either side of this leg.  Compared to a zen stool, the sitting area is much reduced.  However, the weight of the body is comfortably transferred through the 'sitting bones’ (part of the pelvis) onto the stool.

Looking at the stool, you might think that it would feel like a precarious balancing act to use.  However, the kneeling position is actually very stable.  One’s knees and the foot of the stool form a triangle, rather like a tripod, so it’s very easy to find a relaxed and stable posture.

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It should be said that when using the T-stool, there are pressure points under the knees and the feet, so it’s more comfortable to use it on a soft floor covering such as carpet, a rug or a thin yoga mat.  As with zen stools, the bend at the knee tends to restrict blood flow to the lower legs and feet.  If I sit for a prolonged period on the stool, I find I need to shake my legs out and make sure full circulation has returned before standing up.

The T-stool is comprised of three pieces of wood which simply pull apart for travelling.  When in use, the leg and joints take all the weight of the body under compression, allowing for the simplicity of the design and the use of a slender looking leg.  The joints can be tighter or looser, depending on humidity and temperature.  However, even when the joints feel loose, the T-stool is still structurally sound and perfectly usable.

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I have now acquired the materials to make an initial batch of about 20 T-stools, for sale.  The top and base will be of French Oak, from an FSC certified source. The leg will be of birch.  I love the natural look and feel of unvarnished wood, so that’s how I’ll prepare them.  Of course, if you prefer varnished wood, it is a simple matter to varnish the 3 parts of the stool yourself.

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I will be hand-making the stools myself in Devon, UK, probably in late November.  Each will come in a cotton bag, which I had stitched by a tailor in Dharamsala, India.

The price for a T-stool is €30 plus postage and packing (which varies depending where in the world you are).  I will update this page when I’ve made the first batch.  If you’d like to reserve one, please contact me – no deposit is needed.