Had the opportunity to head out Colorado last week (10 – 14 May) for Chris and Dana’s college graduations. I decided to drive out as I had made benches for the kids. Getting the benches in my car (1995 BMW M3) was a thrill!
I enjoy making things for the kids vs. buying cheap, very pretty, Chinese shit that makes noise – over, and over, and over… I just don’t arbitrarily grab a board and begin cutting; I select a ‘wood’ for each kid – based upon what I see as reflective of their unique personalities. So, here is what I came up with.
(Until I figure out how to put a caption under each individual photo, a narrative will have to do!)
Delaney’s bench is cherry. It’s a rich, soft appearing wood, that will continue to grow even prettier with age. Katie’s bench is ‘rustic maple.’ It is strong, beautiful, and carries a ‘country flavor’ to it. Riley’s bench is canary wood, from Brazil. It is full of ‘fire.’ Nothing more need be said. Garrett’s bench is constructed of red oak; a wood that is strong and of great character.
It was fun building these benches. By selecting a specific wood for each kid, I got to “spend time” with that kid as I built their bench. How cool is that?