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Last year when my Life Guide business decided to hold day retreats at my residence, we had to add some outside seating to the environment. And so my journey into woodworking began.
Our first project was this cedar bench - and I was hooked, lost in the feel and smell of the wood. I loved the first bench so much we immediately had to build a second, this one shorter, to fit my 5' stature.

The seat of the bench is curved to "fit the butt" and everyone chooses these benches over all others for their seating pleasure. We also brought them inside over the holidays, as extra seating around the table. They looked beautiful and met the needs perfectly.

The benches are also very light (which was a suprise to me) and that makes it really easy to move them around the yard, depending on where the social-gathering of the moment might be. Sometimes they are by the barbeque, sometimes by the fire pit, and sometimes in our covered gazebo. Wherever they might be found, they look beautiful, feel beautiful, and invite the "seatee" to take a moment to relax.

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That curved seat is a nice detail and cedar sure is great smelling.
 

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Very nice, I have some cedar planter boxes I made for some gardening this summer, but now that I'm moving I dont need them, thanks for the great idea for a use for them…
 

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thanks :)
We also made a couple boxes for outside, using the cedar. One is a storage box in the gazebo for stuff and the other we turned into a cooler by attaching styrofoam insultation sheets to the inside. The first time we used it, we put two bags of ice in it on Sunday and there was still pieces of ice floating in water on Wednesday. It was located on the west side of the house so it was sitting in the sun part of the day as well. Good cooler!!
 

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Hi Debbie;
--yes, I like those benches! From the pictures you have posted they seem to be much sought after, judging by how well they have worn themselves. The curvature that you have instilled into the seat is an added touch of artistic woodworking ability.

Ah yes, I like what you have said here; "my journey" and then your journey into 'woodworking'. However I think that there is more to you as you talk aslo about being a 'life guide' and of the passion that life brings forth. You have said: "I am in awe of the possibilities that lie before us." Yes, you are so much right, the first step is believing in ones own self and the unlimited possibilities of opportunties that lie just outside ones unopened door. Open the door and step out into the light of a new day, never looking back, where the dreams of ones imagination become the reality of each and every day.

Let me also congragulate you on your new blog over at WordPress, see, I do get around.

Have a very good day!!!
Frank
 

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you've been busy Frank!
It is a fascinating world, isn't it?
And I really meant it when I said "can I join you" as you saunter through the woods and sit by a tree. That seems like such a beautiful way to connect with our universe.
 

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Hi Debbie;
--the connection is as already is in the joining, so come along!

We are what we are, as already connected, so now we go on. This is like saying; "can I, will I and yes you may", 'the process' is in the journey as we saunter in the woods and then one day we remember that we really went no-place as we already are one with the all.

Just like those benches, did my connection to the bench begin before, during or after and can my remembered connection ever again be disconnected?

I like the way of sauntering in the words, of the poet as, 'woods of the universe' better….

GODSPEED'
Frank
 

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Debbie, you watch this Frank. He will entangle you with his words as a spider does with cobwebs. And the more you struggle to be free, the tighter the grip of his enticing ideas. He finds art where there is no art because his art is within. His web flows out in his words, often silky smooth, but always clinging. The pattern he weaves is intricate, sometimes invisible until caught in the slivers of light that penetrate the forest trees and catch them in the tangled undergrowth of his dreams. Then you see it, too late, glistening in the light with due drops of jewels - his enchanting treasures - his art from within.
 

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and who is the poet, Don??
I'm already entangled, as the words speak to who I am, how I think, and how I believe.

The following is a poem that my pen wrote back in 1998. I think my artistic expression is just an attempt to rediscover the understanding that I had for that brief moment

A glimmer of understanding
A wisp of awareness
A flash of light passes through me
and I know!
And then it is gone…..
What have I been told?
I can almost feel it…..
I almost understand….
And I wonder why I have been allowed to know
I wonder how many others have been shown this wonder
And I long to become aware.
Connecting the universe is an energy strong
It IS life… and it is more
We are here for a moment,
To explore, to learn, to test this 3-D world
Each trial, each joy, is but an experiment,
a learning experience to be used in another time
another space
that which is beyond our knowledge and understanding
that which is life itself
Is this what I felt?
Was this the lesson I was shown so briefly
I want the moment back
I want to understand
and yet…. I know
That THIS is life
Searching, seeking, learning.
 

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Those are cool, simple, unique and functional. Good job!
Rob
 

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nice benches…and nice words…the banter is fun to watch…and art unto itself…amazing how we get led to places…these words were posted back in january…I havent read any other comments on the other benches…but on this something told me to scroll down and see…only to find more fine work and some great words…peace.
 

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I wonder how I missed this one. This must have came up in the shuffle.
Cool benches, They remind me of a bench you'd see in a Finnish Sauna, here on the Iron Range.
 

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when I clicked on the "new messages" link I didn't look to see what the project was or who was the person who posted it. Reading Matt's words about benches I thought they were Dick's. What a surprise I had when I scrolled up and saw MY benches!!!

Yes, there sure is a lot of stuff hidden in the conversations about projects and blogs etc. It makes it really difficult to pass anything by; You just never know what you might be missing.

Dick, re: sauna, that's pretty much how I feel every time I look at them and sit on them. I love our benches.
 

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I received an email last week from someone who had seen this project while searching online for benches and he asked how much they would cost.

Well-a request!! How exciting.

I don't remember how much these benches cost us but I don't remember paying $125 for the materials… gulp.. and we made 2???
But.. I had been wanting another bench for my gardens so we purchased the wood and have made a third bench. If the email-er still wants a bench we have one ready-made. If not - I get a new bench for my backyard! :)

Thanks LumberJocks.com
 
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