The Story of a Bench: Part 1

The Story of a Bench: Part 1

Okay, we've finally decided to do it – get a bench made for the landing strip. We've been thinking about it for over a year, and have started the process to work with Green Sawn to make a custom designed bench made of reclaimed wood. Yay!

We've wanted a bench for our landing strip for a while now – something that could serve dual roles as an entry bench and extra seating for larger dinner parties. It needed to be large enough to stow our boot trays below and be long enough to seat at least three people. And of our course it had to be stylish and sustainable. We found Green Sawn and knew they'd be the perfect resource for this project.

First we met with Green Sawn owner, Aaron Pahmier, to go over our project goals and review the pieces from his portfolio for design inspiration. Aaron gave us a tour of his workshop showed us his huge collection of reclaimed woods – aside from the wood in his workshop he has an entire basement full of the stuff. Everything from full wood logs, to beautiful quarter sawn and plain sawn planks, salvaged wood flooring and old high school science lab tables.

Aaron then sent us three different digitally rendered design options, which we really loved. It was a hard choice but we decided to go with the one that seemed like the best combination of his and our styles. The design complements the style of our current furniture and living spaces, and the look is something that will stick with us for a long time.

Top Row:
• The bench rendering
• The current landing strip
• Dining table that expands really large to seat many, but we don't have many chairs!
• This is the wood that will be used at the top portion of the bench, reclaimed from old barn flooring
• The beginning design of the top portion of the bench

Bottom Row:
• A view of the workshop
• Stain options
• More wood options
• Detail of wood planks
• Other works in progress

Next up: The design mock-up and stain decisions!

(Images: rendering by Aaron Pahmier/Green Sawn, all others by Rachel Wray)

Related: Story of a Table: Finished Table! (Plus a Sneak Peek...)

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