Parenthetical bench: walnut and ash, 17″h x 17″w x 48″l. $1,800 -1 available
ebonized maple and cherry, 17″h x 17″w x 54″l. $2,000 -No longer currently available — available for commission
ebonized cherry and walnut, 17″h x 17″w x 54″l. $2,000 -1 available
The Parenthetical bench design was one of two winners in a competition co-sponsored by the Farnsworth Art Musuem and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (both in Maine), culminating in the 2013 show “Designing Benches” at the CFC’s Messler Gallery. As a result, a longer version of the original ash and walnut bench was purchased by the Farnsworth and is now in use in the museum.
The two walnut sides are hand-sculpted on their outside surfaces transitioning from a straight line at top to a subtle, curved surface before hitting the floor. The sides also taper in width further enhancing their sculpted appearance. The 1 1/4″ thick ash top nests into angled notches in the walnut sides and is joined by mortise and tenons. The walnut is slightly proud of the ash surface on both the top and edges to further emphasize the joint. Two walnut rails travel under the benches width and attach to the sides with mortise and tenon joinery providing all the strength the bench needs while maintaining a minimal and airy appearance.
I’ve recently revisited the design making two new versions using an iron/vineger ebonizing process to darken the cherry and maple tops and the cherry sides of the other. They’re quite nice.