Tornadic Two-seater

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Project by DocT posted 07-30-2009 04:14 AM 2534 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my entry in the garden bench contest.

I’ve been looking for a project for these logs for a while. It is a combination of Blackjack (red) and Post Oak (white) branches from some trees uprooted by an f4 tornado that came through a few years ago.

I chose to peel the bark with a drawknife to add subtle texture and to unify the woods. In a subtle homage to their tornadic genesis, the pieces of the bench appear to swirl around each other as your vantage point changes. Intentionally buckling the bench in multiple directions and allowing it to appear windwept in others, dramatically increased the difficulty of construction. In a less subtle overture, the classic inverted cone shape of a tornado appears in the backrest.

The entire bench is built with round mortise and tenons and secured with epoxy. The seat is a single 16” wide slab of Burr Oak, and though it doesn’t show well in the pictures, I left a live-edge along the front. I chose not to apply finish to this piece, opting instead, to allow it to gradually gray in the elements….afterall, it’s already been through one tornado!


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#1 posted 07-30-2009 04:20 AM

A rustic beauty well done

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#2 posted 07-30-2009 04:41 AM

I like it … back arc is cool

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#3 posted 07-30-2009 05:19 AM

one nice bench… i would love to sit and ???. great job

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#4 posted 07-31-2009 01:22 AM

Nice! Do we have to wait for an f5 for a foot rest. Was it hard to measure.or did you just fit it together! did you hand carve the tennons. Sorry too many questions. I love it

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#5 posted 07-31-2009 01:27 AM

I am also in the contest and hate to say it..But i love it, You’ll be receiving one of my votes.

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#6 posted 07-31-2009 01:41 AM

Thanks guys!

Grampata- there is no way that I know of to measure these kind of pieces with any degree of accuracy. I’ve heard it called “relative dimensioning”. It’s fun but sometimes frustrating and always time-consuming. Most of the tenons are cut with a power tenon cutter, but some of the smaller ones are indeed hand carved with a drawknife…good eye!


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#7 posted 07-31-2009 04:42 PM

I love wood just as nature meant it to be.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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