Kara’s Bench

Karas Bench Main

I suppose that because this beautiful piece came out of it, I can say that sometimes spousal nagging is a good thing. When my wife asked/nagged me to make her a bench under which she could store her shoes, this may not have been what she had in mind.

I had a beautiful piece of Black Walnut sitting in the shop just begging to be used, so I decided to mix it with some curly soft Maple.  Once I had my materials in front of me, I decided that I simply wanted to design on the fly. So, in lieu of sketches and plans, I relied purely upon spur of the moment decisions, and this piece was the result. Strangely enough, even with all the planning I have done for my other pieces, this is the one that people most often comment upon.

I knew when I started that, stylistically, I wanted the piece to have a decidedly oriental feel. This I accomplished with the curve of the legs, the sweeping arcs on the top and shelves, and also the joinery used on the shelf supports. As nice as it looks, it also serves a very utilitarian function in our home; we store up to 8 pairs of shoes on it at a time. People sometimes gasp when I tell them that we defile it by using it for that function, but hey, that’s what the bench was made for.

Of all the pieces that I’ve made, this one remains my favorite to this day. Perhaps the reason is that I made it for my wonderful wife, but it might also be because it’s just so strikingly beautiful from every angle. I’ve made this piece several times since then for other customers, but to me it will always be Kara’s Bench.

Find more work like this: Bench, Black Walnut, Maple. 142

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