An Elliptical Oak Bench Commission

An Elliptical Oak Bench Commission

An Elliptical Oak Bench Commission

The brief for this oak bench was simple, to design and make a bench that will catch the sun at any time of day.

The location for this bench is a large private garden of a house in the Yorkshire Dales, with panoramic views across the valley towards Bolton Abbey. The clients were keen that this bench could act as a centrepiece within the garden, somewhere to keep an eye on their young family whether they were up in the tree house or playing on the trampoline.

I played around with different designs, but settled on this shape, with its interesting and challenging geometry.

I really love the intricate mathematical challenge that comes with carpentry and joinery. It doesn’t matter if its a huge oak framed building, an intricate oak bench, or a fine piece of furniture, it all requires sitting down and working out on paper.

There’s a saying that goes something like ‘measure twice cut once’, but I think a variation should be along the lines of ‘design multiple times, make once’. The design process is so important, and the more time you spend on it the clearer your ideas become.

For more of my joinery work, have a look at the oak benches I made for the 2012 Ideal Home Show.

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