Every year my hometown puts on a “Relay for Life” American Cancer Society awareness event. Fund raising and public awareness is accomplished through ~Teams~ of volunteers who pledge a 24hour walk/run event, bake sales, raffle drawings, silent auction,.....etc… For this years event, I offered to build a wood project to donate for the auction, and decided that whatever I built also needed to visually promote awareness for the event that I was building it for. The most recognizable image for cancer awareness that I know of is the ribbon, so I spent a few days playing with a piece of ribbon and came up with a design for a small garden bench. This project will be up for auction July 27, and 100% of the moneys raised from this go to the event. If anyone is interested in bidding, or knows someone who might be, please PM me and I will forward you the information on who to contact for securing your bid. Thanks for checking out this project, and please help spread the awareness of this event, it means a lot to so many people. I encourage you to check their website for opportunities to participate in events in your own home towns.
About this build: The wood is Russian Olive, I made a large bench out of this same wood a few months ago. Very cool looking wood, but it smells bad when cutting it and seems to be hard on sandpaper compared to juniper. The bark is very hard to peel off, even when using a draw knife. I actually just stripped off the outermost layer of it, then used my grinder with a chainsaw attachment to carve off the rest of it. The outer 1/2” or so is a bright white wood wrapped around a nice deep brown for the inner wood creating a nice contrast. I’ll add more photos as the project progresses….any suggestions for the best outdoor finish to put on this? I was considering Teak oil, but if there is something better I want to compare suggestions.
-- Juniper Canyon Design