An Eastern Welcome

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Project by Terdy posted 2632 days ago 2175 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an Asian inspired bench constructed of American Cherry and Peruvian Walnut. I set out to design a piece that would incorportate both Asian and Arts and Crafts elements. I think this piece is a nice marriage of both.

The bench has coppered legs that are attached to the bench top with through wedged mortise and tenon joinery. The gracefully curving stretcher is hand-carved to provide textural interest and visual appeal. The stretcher is joined with through wedged mortise and tenon as well.

The bench top is contrusted of 5/4 cherry that has hand-shaped edges. The detail on bench center is the Asian symbol for Welcome. This was relief-carved and textured to add interest to the overall piece design.

-- Terry

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 2632 days ago

I like the textures surfaces. Nice blend.

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#2 posted 2631 days ago

((clapping excitedly)) I love this bench!! I love the symbol, the message, the “solid” look, the curved line.. uh huh; uh huh.. Yup.. I love this bench

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 2631 days ago

Terry, welcome to LumberJocks. You have so much talent to share. Your artistry of design is fantastic!

Quote Terry: ”I set out to design a piece that would incorporate both Asian and Arts and Crafts elements. I think this piece is a nice marriage of both.”

I think you nailed it. This is an inspirational piece. Thanks.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 2631 days ago

Very Nice… I love seeing the result of the Asian / Art and Crafts styles on each other. Something I hope to see more of, in the world, as well as my own shop.


-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 2631 days ago

Hi Terry;
—-great looking bench you have shared here!!!

I also visited your website and was impressed with all those great looking boxes you make. I especially liked that; “Black Walnut and Maple Zen Sand Tray”. Great woodworking talent, and I see that you are also very creative in the art of making ‘wood art’.

I also like the ‘asian’ approach, do you study ‘Japanese joinery’ technique?


-- --frank, NH,

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#6 posted 2631 days ago

Thanks for your comments. I really appreciate them. I have also visited your website, not too shabby if I say so myself. I love the walnut slab bench. I have the Japanese Joinery book by Sato and Nakahara and one of these days, I’m going to give some of the more difficult ones a try. Gary Rogowski turned me onto the Asian influence. Looking forward to getting to know all of you Lumberjocks and enjoying the commaradie.

-- Terry

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#7 posted 2538 days ago

Was shuffling the site and saw this gem Terdy. Beautiful piece. Great design and terrific execution. Really like the stretcher and the carved symbol is perfect. Thanks for posting this beaut. When are we going to see more stuff by you? Looking forward to it!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#8 posted 2536 days ago

Terry -

I think you met your goal of combining Asian and Arts & Crafts elements. This is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship – art furniture quality.


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#9 posted 2341 days ago

looks awsome dude

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Douglas Bordner

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#10 posted 2341 days ago

Very beautiful. Even the wedges are a cut above.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 2341 days ago

Excellent craftsmanship and design. Very well done.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 2341 days ago

Just awesome , but let’s be friends don’t show my wife she’ll kill my check book to get it !

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Olaf Gradin

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#13 posted 2326 days ago

Can this design be disassembled by hand? If not, are the wedges through the stretcher permanently mounted?

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 2323 days ago


Great design. Excellent workmanship. Beautiful lumber choices.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 2312 days ago

Olaf….it can not be disassembled by hand. The wedges through the stretcher are permanently mounted. Thanks for asking…

-- Terry

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