Friday, June 28, 2013

Shelburne Museum Center for Art and Education Outdoor Benches

I am just getting started on three benches for the Center for Art and Education building at Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont.
The benches are 5', 7', and 9' long.  The seats will be made from 3" cherry stock and is very heavy to work with. Each board is around 100 pounds when rough and the longest bench seat after trimming and cleaning up is around 130 pounds. This was by far the hardest part of the job.  I still have a way to go but I am glad to be done with the seats. Below are some shots and videos showing some of that process.

rough 12/4 plank, 12" or so wide
12/4 means 3 inches

this is showing the bottoms of the 5',7', and 9' seats, ready for finish.
It sure has been rainy.
Enjoy the glimpses of sun,

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Benches, benches, benches. and the search for a lazy summer

Below is my latest 5' Waltham Bench which I made for a customer of Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont.  

This summer I will be making a bunch of benches.
-Two more of these benches but with a thin crest rail instead of the tall traditional crest rail.  
- A 6' Settee w/ arms in my Cod Rib style
-Three outdoor benches for Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont. the benches will be 5',7' and 9' long and will be made of cherry and stainless steel. Below is a drawing of the benches. The vertical pieces that support the back rail are the stainless steel.

In the video below, I am working on a mock up to find the proper angles and dimensions for these outdoor benches. 

With all of this work, there goes any chance for the illusive lazy summer. It is good to have lots of work though.
Enjoy the wet weather,
We had some great irises last week.  This photo is in sideways for some reason. sorry. It was squashing it when I put it portrait orientation.