The Dysart Bench tells an interesting story. The client wanted a bench to give his wife for their 30th anniversary. He also provided the primary material; weathered oak boards recovered during a barn restoration near Upperville, VA. These oak boards were significant because the home they came from was once owned by George Washington.
The design needed to pay homage to both the historical value of the wood, and the sentimental value of an anniversary gift. I shaped smooth seats into the weathered boards, leaving the original weathered surfaces at the edges. I made the stretcher from the last two remaining boards, neither of which was long enough to make the full stretcher. The stretcher’s oval connector became a "canvas" for marquetry to commemorate the anniversary.
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