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Project by Jake Brain posted 205 days ago 922 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the early 1900’s the St. John’s River was the highway system of the logging industry hear in Central Florida. The logger would go out into the large un-harvested timber fields and fall large cypress and pine trees. One of the largest was a pond cypress at the time of it demise in 2012 it was 125 feet tall, with a trunk diameter of 17 ½ feet, it is estimate to be 3,500 years old. After felling them, the trees were transported to the St. John’s River using oxen as there were no power tractors or power tool. The trees were then made into rafts for transport down the river to the mill. Most of the trees would float but about 20% of the trees would become water logged and threaten to sink the whole raft. In an effort to save the raft, the “sinker logs” would cut free and allowed to sink to the bottom of the river.
These sinker logs” found their way onto the muck of the St. John’s River and were preserved for over 10 decades. Each log combines the unique coloring that can only come from decades under water with river-etched edges and old tight growth rings.
As this is a commissioned piece. My customer and I went to a sawmill here in Central Florida that specialize in local hard woods and river reclaimed woods. We selected this piece of hard pine because of the color and the ship worms holes. The customer wanted the bench to look like a George Nakashima table he has. The five notches were made when the log was recovered to identify each loge. The bench has highly figured walnut feet and the bench is approximately 48” long, 10” wide and 9” high.
Finished with two coats of M. L. Campbell Satin Krystal which is post-catalyzed conversion varnish finishing system which is Water white and non-yellowing.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#1 posted 205 days ago

That is just beautiful, great job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#2 posted 205 days ago

Too quote my youngest granddaughter’s experssion “Totally Awesome!”

-- just rjR

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#3 posted 205 days ago

Your finish work on it is exceptional. Great work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#4 posted 204 days ago

The finish is so smooth! Nice bench.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#5 posted 204 days ago

I’ll bet that looks super in person. Very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 204 days ago

That sinker pine is just beautiful and this bench shows it off to perfection. I too am very impressed with your finish.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 203 days ago


-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#8 posted 201 days ago

Gorgeous bench! The wood looks amazing and the finish really made those grains and figures pop. Great job!

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#9 posted 201 days ago

That’s amazing and beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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