"Wood Bench, Wood Joinery and Lookin' for Bear" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 07-04-2007 01:35 PM 2242 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wood Bench, Wood Joinery and Lookin’ for Bear
After finishing up with cutting some logs yesterday and then clearing brush with my wife, I still felt the need to get some relaxation by doing some trail ridding. So after asking my wife if she wanted to come along, which is really a no-brainer since she’s all-ways ready for the woods….it was off on the atv.

....and so we ended up here at this spot which sets at one of the high points of our land, in what we refer to as out in the back forty, ( Ha! I ever came to calling this a back forty is beyond me, since what it comes to is only around twenty six…. ) and so while my wife waundered off to lay in the sun, I took some saws and clippers and set about cleaning this area up somewhat….

....I’m cleaning up this spot since the wild low bush blueberries are starting to come in out here and that means it want be too long before the bears and deer start coming in to feast. This has all-ways been a good area for the viewing of bear, deer and coyote, so I’m looking with anticipation to what comes into the area this year. Sometimes we will get a sow with her cubs….ha!; now that is something to see, while the mother sow eats, her cubs are usually running and romping all over the place….the trick is to stay hidden which also takes the wind co-operating you….

....and so I made this bench some three years ago and it makes a nice place to sit and take in mountain viewing off in the distance….and yes for viewing of wildlife I will go back into the inner workings of those trees….

....and so one might wonder as to where I get ‘wood joinery’ from here….well, after tree dropping time was done, I went and cut some chain sawed butterfly mortises into the tops there….

....and so what we have here after pounding in the birch butterfly’s with wedging; is….no glue, no nails, no screws and pure ‘wood joinery’ that is still working after three years….and when those birch butterfly’s wear out, well I’ll just go and cut some more birch….oh yes, the finish is 100% environmental safe, user friendly and natural….it’s called natural bark….

I have some more of these benchs and chairs built around and out in these outback woods and will also post an-other one, that is about six years old and still going strong, when I can get into the area and do some clean-up.

Thank you.

” was when i climbed out of my box, that the box faded from my eyesight, and since that time of faded wood glory, i have come to see all things in the light of artistic ‘wood art’….”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 07-04-2007 01:54 PM

haha .. love the “finish” you have put on the bench! :)

I also have to laugh at the need to do some relaxation after clearing some brush.. and so you go out and clear some brush to relax! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 07-04-2007 02:34 PM

Hehe…I picked up on that too Deb.

Nice place to sit and watch for Bear. My Uncle used to do something similar at his lake house. He would split a log and notch the stumps and fit the log in place. He probably had 10 benches like that. Most of them around an open fire pit. I heard lots of stories sitting on those logs.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 07-04-2007 03:16 PM

Rustic, frank…very rustic! LOL. That’s a nice spot.


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 07-04-2007 05:17 PM

Now that is a bench! I bet you can’t “bear” to leave that restful spot.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 07-05-2007 04:35 AM

Nice place to sit and ponder our existance. Or just sit and relax. Are you surrounded by state land Frank. It sure looks isolated where you are. I’ve seen the pictures of rolling hills and small mountain ranges, that seem to go on forever. The only place I’ve seen land like that was Crown land in Ontario or state land in upper Michigan.Oh yea watch out for them bar and cubs, thats a dangerous situation, as you well know. Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 07-05-2007 12:39 PM

Thanks you all, for your wonder-full comments;

—-Mike; no there is no state land around here….till I go north another 1-2 hours and then I get into the White Mountain National Forest !

-- --frank, NH,

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