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Project by lindalinda posted 1847 days ago 2162 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 1847 days ago

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 1847 days ago

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 1847 days ago

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 1847 days ago


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

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#5 posted 1847 days ago

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 1847 days ago

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

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#7 posted 1847 days ago

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 1847 days ago

Very Rich looking bench! Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 1846 days ago

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

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 1846 days ago

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 1846 days ago

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 1846 days ago

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 †

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#13 posted 1846 days ago

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

-- learning, building, playing

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#14 posted 1846 days ago

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 1846 days ago

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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