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Project by Ryan Shervill posted 07-27-2009 03:45 PM 3361 views 10 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all.
Here’s my submission for the garden bench contest. This bench is built from a single piece of old growth water recovered birch. The log that the board came from had sunk while being floated to the mill 165 years ago, and was recovered from the bottom of Georgian Bay, milled, and dried. The bench itself was shown in Canadian Woodworking Magazine, and features pegged joinery with bloodwood accents. Thanks for looking!

Ryan Shervill

-- Want to see me completely transform a house? Look here: http://forum.canadianwoodworking.com/showthread.php?41055





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Rustic

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#1 posted 07-27-2009 03:55 PM

Awesome

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 07-27-2009 04:13 PM

Ryan, that is just stunning.
You do really really fine work.
Thanks for sharing.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 07-27-2009 04:19 PM

quite the history in this bench…beautiful piece indeed.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 07-27-2009 04:23 PM

Very nice work!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com

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#5 posted 07-27-2009 04:35 PM

Very cool bench! Great job all around! Thanks…..........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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mmh

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#6 posted 07-27-2009 05:55 PM

Beautiful bench and really cool history! I found a source for recovered lumber from the Florida area. I have a piece of recovered Swamp Mahogany that was felled 100 years ago. They also recovered some cedar and oak.

If interested in the source, just PM me.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 07-27-2009 06:05 PM

That is one beautiful bench, great work.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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grampata

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#8 posted 07-27-2009 07:43 PM

I read that story about the loggs ,I been jumping into bays ever since and only found clam shells.oh well! your bench lookes like the exact one built for the article. re recounting my votes again . great job!

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Ryan Shervill

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#9 posted 07-27-2009 07:47 PM

Thanks everyone :)

^^Grampata~ I should clarify…that IS the bench in the article. I built it for CWW magazine :)

Ryan

-- Want to see me completely transform a house? Look here: http://forum.canadianwoodworking.com/showthread.php?41055

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#10 posted 07-27-2009 07:49 PM

wow now I’m really impressed nice

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#11 posted 07-27-2009 09:31 PM

and it is STUNNING. absolutely stunning!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#12 posted 07-27-2009 11:36 PM

Great design and workmanship Ryan.And your published too! Thanks for sharing with us.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#13 posted 07-28-2009 02:37 AM

That’s one beautiful bench. Great build and the jointery is very impressive. I can see why it was published.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#14 posted 07-28-2009 02:48 AM

Very nice. I am curious about the finish too.

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Ryan Shervill

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#15 posted 08-05-2009 11:28 PM

You guys are far too kind…thank you.

The finish: Truthfully? Minwax Tung-oil finish out of a can…...I later applied some Spar urethane “just in case” :)

Ryan

-- Want to see me completely transform a house? Look here: http://forum.canadianwoodworking.com/showthread.php?41055

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