Built by hand out of solid tiger maple, this bench was built to be welcoming, functional, and strong at the front of any household. I built this first one for my father who became an avid runner later in life and ran his first marathon in his late 60’s. It was built to inspire and energize him to change into his running shoes before heading out the door.
Modified from its original design by Alan Turner and Mario Rodriguez at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop; this second version features several new design elements. Primarily the splay angle of the legs was changed to from 4 degrees to 10 degrees to give the bench a little more a little more visual interest, subtle tension, and flair. Additionally, circles and arcs were cut out of the legs and cross stretcher to lighten the visual and physical weight of the piece. In terms of wood choice, the bench was built from boards of the same flitch; or cut from the same tree to keep the color continuous throughout the piece. Finally it was finished with 4-5 coats of oil and top coated with hand applied French polish to pop the grain and deep curl.
To learn more about this process, please visit this link that describes French polishing.