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Project by Jake Brain posted 01-27-2014 01:22 AM 2401 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the early 1900’s the St. John’s River was the highway system of the logging industry hear in Central Florida. The logger would go out into the large un-harvested timber fields and fall large cypress and pine trees. One of the largest was a pond cypress at the time of it demise in 2012 it was 125 feet tall, with a trunk diameter of 17 ½ feet, it is estimate to be 3,500 years old. After felling them, the trees were transported to the St. John’s River using oxen as there were no power tractors or power tool. The trees were then made into rafts for transport down the river to the mill. Most of the trees would float but about 20% of the trees would become water logged and threaten to sink the whole raft. In an effort to save the raft, the “sinker logs” would cut free and allowed to sink to the bottom of the river.
These sinker logs” found their way onto the muck of the St. John’s River and were preserved for over 10 decades. Each log combines the unique coloring that can only come from decades under water with river-etched edges and old tight growth rings.
As this is a commissioned piece. My customer and I went to a sawmill here in Central Florida that specialize in local hard woods and river reclaimed woods. We selected this piece of hard pine because of the color and the ship worms holes. The customer wanted the bench to look like a George Nakashima table he has. The five notches were made when the log was recovered to identify each loge. The bench has highly figured walnut feet and the bench is approximately 48” long, 10” wide and 9” high.
Finished with two coats of M. L. Campbell Satin Krystal which is post-catalyzed conversion varnish finishing system which is Water white and non-yellowing.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#1 posted 01-27-2014 01:37 AM

That is just beautiful, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 01-27-2014 02:30 AM

Too quote my youngest granddaughter’s experssion “Totally Awesome!”

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 01-27-2014 08:50 AM

Your finish work on it is exceptional. Great work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 01-27-2014 04:59 PM

The finish is so smooth! Nice bench.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#5 posted 01-28-2014 12:30 AM

I’ll bet that looks super in person. Very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 01-28-2014 01:52 AM

That sinker pine is just beautiful and this bench shows it off to perfection. I too am very impressed with your finish.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 01-28-2014 06:32 PM


-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#8 posted 01-31-2014 03:04 PM

Gorgeous bench! The wood looks amazing and the finish really made those grains and figures pop. Great job!

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#9 posted 01-31-2014 03:07 PM

That’s amazing and beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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