Bench Made From Branches

We spotted this inviting, rustic bench, positioned perfectly for the sunset, during a recent trip to west-facing Watch Hill, Rhode Island. There was also an arbor, fence, and gate, all made of bent branches that were a nice contrast against large Victorian and new construction homes.

It was really simple, inviting, and of course, made of a renewable resource. Also, instead of the usual, New England white picket fence and hydrangea combination, they planted dune grass, which next to the woodsy pieces was an interesting juxtaposition. The town seemed quieter than other summertime destinations like the Cape or the Hamptons, and it was fun to walk around…and dream.

I think the owners must have bent the branches after soaking them? However they did it, the fence seemed to be adept at keeping deer at bay—the lettuce and flowers were prize-winning.
photo:Jen DeRose