Thonk Stool & Mallet


The culmination of my explorations into how design might foster hands-on learning and cultivate mastery around making, The Thonk Stool responds by inviting users to smack a stool together with a mallet, so that they might learn something new – It’s not every day we get to hit things with a large hammer.

Constructed from Douglas Fir, the Thonk stool stands chunky and stout in celebration of the soft material it is made from.

Using the mechanical principles of taper fits - friction joints seen commonly in the workshop in the tailstock of a lathe or the quick-change heads on a CNC Mill - the Stool’s legs are designed to be knocked into place with a ‘thonk’ and can be dismounted with tap to their side which loosens their grip.