V Bench: walnut, 18″h x 21″d x 60″l -$3,000
The V bench’s top and legs are the result of some creative cutting and rejoining of a single, beautiful walnut board in a way that avoids virtually any waste and features continuous grain alignment of the top through the miter joints to the legs that return to the floor. The overall shape of the top is a right triangle, with one edge–the hypotenuse– longer than the other, which creates a pleasing, varied visual effect when viewed from different vantage points. On the underside of the top, two rails attach to the legs at one end with mortise and tenon joinery and run parallel to the v-shaped gap the length of the bench, converging into one joined member that attaches to the single leg at the other end with mortises and tenons. Above, the bench top locks into the leg with a precise hand cut dovetail which extends with chamfered edges slightly proud of the front edge, its long slender shape echoing that of the bench’s.
The V bench is rugged and sculptural; its smooth angular edges, reveals, and joinery are made to be explored with both hands and eyes. It is a dramatic and highly interactive piece whether placed along a wall or in the middle of a room. Hand-rubbed oil finish.
The V Bench first showed at the 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show where it was quickly purchased. I recreated two more matched benches for the 2015 Smithsonian Craft Show where one was quickly snatched up and the other shortly after. I have made a handful since, and presently have one ready for showing in my new showroom in Edgecomb and one on display and for sale at the Society of Arts and Crafts’s showroom in the Seaport District in Boston. I generally make these in matched pairs (matching boards producing two “book-matched” tops/benches) but am still waiting for someone to claim a pair to enjoy the great effect of two interacting together!