This first photo is a continuous arm chair that was made by Peter. I think it will help put the following photos in perspective.
After splitting a red oak log in a way similar to fire wood but a bit more deliberate and discerning in just where to place the wedge we shape the spindles into squares. The spindles are the vertical elements that run between the seat and the continuous arm.
In the following pictures the spindles get progressively more shaped. A taper and a bulb is cut into them and they are made octagonal, the first step to the infinite sided shape that they will become.
In the following photo I stopped mid stroke. I'm taking off quite a bit of material here but the draw knife is capable of taking a very fine shaving.
It's a bit hard to make out but in the foreground you have the underside of one of the hand holds.