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Project by lindalinda posted 07-30-2009 07:14 PM 2587 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My bench began 2 years before I became aware of it. We moved to our new home in the mountains after our kids left for college, and we were lucky enough to have a grove of redwood trees right outside our kitchen. When I would feel lonely I would stand in the middle of The Redwoods and look up and just breathe. After about a year I met Gina, my wonderful neighbor. She convinced me to take a 12 week woodworking class at the local high school. I’d never made anything before, but I was game. I chose a beautiful wood, Jatoba, not knowing how difficult it would be to work with, and I picked a nice picture of a bench from the internet- just a picture, not a project with plans and dimensions and instructions. I figured out my project as I went along, and with Gina’s mentoring, and some blood, sweat, and splinters, I created my “Breathing Bench”. Now, when I’m lonely, or happy, or stressed, or feeling peaceful, I go into The Redwoods and sit on my bench, and look up, and breathe.

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#1 posted 07-30-2009 07:16 PM

nice bench! its hard to tell from the pics but is there a outward splay to the legs or are they vertical?

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#2 posted 07-30-2009 07:36 PM

what a beautiful bench…im proud of you going to the class….woodworking will help you bring out your creativeness..and with the inspiration of your beautiful living space…i think you will come up with some more beautiful furniture or whatever the spirit inspires…..i love seeing the redwoods…have fun on your journey.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 07-30-2009 07:53 PM

That is a vry nice looking bench. Also great choice of wood for outdoors.

-- "Preach the gospel always. If necessary use words" -St Francis of Assisi

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#4 posted 07-30-2009 08:01 PM


-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 07-30-2009 08:02 PM

Very nice looking bench. I would love to see a picture of what you see when you look up at the trees.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#6 posted 07-30-2009 08:23 PM

Simply beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#7 posted 07-30-2009 08:27 PM

You definitely have a knack for this…keep it up!

That is a very beautiful piece and to have made it free hand shows some tremendous talent..

and what a nice setting – Redwood trees are magnificent….they dampen the noises around you so that is is very quiet…they reach so high…and you can watch them sway with the winds…one of my favorite memories was when I was doing tree work (climbing) and would climb to the top of one to install an antennae (sp?) the views up there are spectacular….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 07-30-2009 08:41 PM

Very Rich looking bench! Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 07-30-2009 11:14 PM

Nice design! And a wonderful use for the bench. Thanks for posting.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 07-31-2009 01:01 AM

I think I would lay down to breath, that way I could see the tops of the trees. great ,really great bench. thanks for sharing!

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#11 posted 07-31-2009 01:10 AM

You got Guts..i’d never put such a great looking piece of art outside

-- If at first you don't succeed...Buy another tool !!

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#12 posted 07-31-2009 01:18 AM

A fantastic looking bench. Nice job. And breath deeply for us also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 07-31-2009 05:30 AM

great bench…and it looks like a great setting to sit and think-

-- learning, building, playing

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#14 posted 07-31-2009 05:37 AM

your bench has the feel
of the forest around it .
wonderfull work ,
can’t wait for more .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 07-31-2009 04:37 PM

A beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

It must be nice living in a Redwood forest.

I’ve never seen a Redwood forest, only in pictures.

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

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