Way back in December of 2013, we posted a photograph of a small pile of dockwood in its original state that we planned to turn into our third Dockwood bench (see below).
We fabricated the bench in 2014, and after finally photographing it last year, we’re getting around to posting it here. It’s a two-person, “love-seat” kind of bench, its width determined by the length of the key piece of lumber that was perfect for a backrest.
We’ve moved our posts on three of our sculptures: “Sketches for a Sculpture in Progress,” “See-Snake,” and “Football Hero and His Fairy Princess Girlfriend By their Special Rock” to our Sculpture page.
When we’d decided on the concept for our Hurricane Sandy Library Bench, we selected some planking that filled the material needs for the project. It was all 1 x 6” lumber; it seemed to have been part of a fence. In our work there is a necessary “engineering” aspect, the main components of which are: will it hold together, and can a large person sit in it without it breaking? Since we planned for a six-foot-long bench, we tested the boards’ strength, and found it much too flimsy to meet our standards. We ended up using 2 x 8” planks from the steps from a destroyed deck for the bench.
That left us wondering how to use the fencing, which we’d already started to dress. The obvious answer was a piece that could use relatively-stronger short lengths of the lumber for a seat and backrest, and this chair is the result. It’s currently in use as a dining-room chair in our home.
In 2001 we created the “Mae West” Bookshelf from a solid mahogany companionway ladder from the classic motor yacht that had sunk at its dock here on our little island. Some time later, another, smaller ladder appeared on our beach. After many years we got around to setting it up as a second bookshelf, using dockwood two-by-fours and a teak plywood hatch cover from a racing yacht to complete it.
– Christopher Dresser, Principles of Decorative Design, Fourth Edition
A couple of years ago, at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Javits Center in New York, we saw an upholstered sofa that had bookshelves built into its back. Though we didn’t think much of the design and execution of the piece, we sure liked the concept. We’ve created our “library bench” from lumber salvaged from the wreckage of the storm on our little island.
– Kahlil Gibran
“Wind”– Drawing by Dave Wilder (1963)