Bought a great old bench at the flea market Saturday for five bucks. It has been around. Paint-dripped, heavy, weathered and constructed in a novel way, we have just the place for it in a new outdoor room being created next to the pool. You would think I would learn. Oh yeah, lots of fun creating all these gardens, and even adding three new zones to our watering system recently. The plantings are doing great, but funny how weeds respond to daily watering. Who would think?
The best part of the little bench is the seat back. Made of one large piece of lumber, it has split and the pieces were moved a couple inches apart from each other to make a fine undulating line. The top of that plane looks like someone took an axe to it. There is a bit of a grey/blue color to it, which I knew would be enhanced when coated with varnish. The bare wood would darken and make the combo better.
The construction of the bench from the back reveals a complete “joie de vivre” in terms of engineering. Notice the nails attending the close side. Reminds me of my craftsmanship. How fast can I get this thing done?!
As with my sculpture, a shiny varnish is used to accomplish two things. Protect the wood, and exclaim to the viewer: this is intentional, the primitive nature of this piece. It is varnished and shined up so there will be no question that THIS is the intended statement.
Here the little bench sits on an almost blank canvas near a fairly recently laid eccentric pathway. It is varnished now and the wood is redder and darker. This will get watered every day by the new system. Who knows how long it will last?
Same for these partners in crime on the other side of the young fig tree. Their rust is enormous, and heterogeneous so it looks like a heavy skin. How much watering can they take?
I have never seen chairs of this design before, and their style is a refreshing change from the norm.
Soon the cut weeds out here will turn to centipede grass.