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Project by bearkatwood posted 02-15-2017 03:56 PM 3370 views 13 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of the time when I am working on a commission I have the client dictating certain aspects of the build. For this project I received a grant and had complete autonomy with the design.
It is made from Black Walnut and has typical Maloof style joinery with ebony plugs over the mechanical fasteners. It has two seats with black vinyl upholstered slip cushions. The finish is minwax wipe on satin ploy followed by a home made beeswax and oil mix.
Now a major motion picture….on youtube ;)


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-- Brian Noel





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-15-2017 03:58 PM

Absolutely beautiful

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-15-2017 05:07 PM

Stunning!

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#3 posted 02-15-2017 05:11 PM

This is such an outstanding piece and so nicely done. It’s actually quite striking.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 02-15-2017 05:35 PM

I liked…..

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life shouldn't be a draft copy.....

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#5 posted 02-15-2017 05:41 PM

Love the design – great job!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 02-15-2017 06:13 PM

beautiful work

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#7 posted 02-15-2017 06:20 PM

wow out of the park again brian.i am a big maloof fan,i love how you have combined some of his design style and made it totally bearkat.your carving is just beautiful,can i ask how many hours roughly you put into this piece.your work always inspires me.thanks for sharing.ps-just watched your video,loved it.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#8 posted 02-15-2017 06:56 PM

Beautiful, Brian.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#9 posted 02-15-2017 07:09 PM



,can i ask how many hours roughly you put into this piece.
- pottz

Thanks everyone for the kind words. This community has been a pleasure to be part of and I wish I had more time to chat with you all. To answer the question I think I have about between 120-180 hours on this bench, it was a side job so done mostly in off hours. It was something I had wanted to do for quite a few years, but our library board was against art in the library. Just this last year the head of the board retired and they changed their view on it and I was able to put something in.

-- Brian Noel

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#10 posted 02-15-2017 08:25 PM

Great job, Brian! Lovely design with beautiful execution and the hand carving takes it over the top.

Is the cat happier now that it’s out of the shop?

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#11 posted 02-15-2017 09:49 PM

so sweet! fantastic work man!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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#12 posted 02-15-2017 10:06 PM

That’s a sweet bench, well done. I don’t think I could make one nearly as nice.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#13 posted 02-15-2017 10:16 PM

Awesome work.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#14 posted 02-15-2017 10:52 PM

That’s a real beauty Brian…..Wow!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#15 posted 02-15-2017 11:00 PM

Awesome stuff Brian! I think this summer I’m coming west with Willie to wood shop camp at Bearkatwood ;) I want to make stuff that doesn’t have any straight lines :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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