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Most of the time when I am working on a commission I have the client dictating certain aspects of the build. For this project I received a grant and had complete autonomy with the design.
It is made from Black Walnut and has typical Maloof style joinery with ebony plugs over the mechanical fasteners. It has two seats with black vinyl upholstered slip cushions. The finish is minwax wipe on satin ploy followed by a home made beeswax and oil mix.
Now a major motion picture….on youtube ;)

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Absolutely beautiful
 

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I liked…..
 

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Love the design - great job!
 

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wow out of the park again brian.i am a big maloof fan,i love how you have combined some of his design style and made it totally bearkat.your carving is just beautiful,can i ask how many hours roughly you put into this piece.your work always inspires me.thanks for sharing.ps-just watched your video,loved it.
 

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Beautiful, Brian.
 

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,can i ask how many hours roughly you put into this piece.
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Thanks everyone for the kind words. This community has been a pleasure to be part of and I wish I had more time to chat with you all. To answer the question I think I have about between 120-180 hours on this bench, it was a side job so done mostly in off hours. It was something I had wanted to do for quite a few years, but our library board was against art in the library. Just this last year the head of the board retired and they changed their view on it and I was able to put something in.
 

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Great job, Brian! Lovely design with beautiful execution and the hand carving takes it over the top.

Is the cat happier now that it's out of the shop?
 

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so sweet! fantastic work man!
 

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That's a sweet bench, well done. I don't think I could make one nearly as nice.
 

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Awesome work.
 

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That's a real beauty Brian…..Wow!
 

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Awesome stuff Brian! I think this summer I'm coming west with Willie to wood shop camp at Bearkatwood ;) I want to make stuff that doesn't have any straight lines :)
 

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Awesome stuff Brian! I think this summer I m coming west with Willie to wood shop camp at Bearkatwood ;) I want to make stuff that doesn t have any straight lines :)

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Sounds like fun, let me know and we will try to put something together. Thanks.
 

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AWESOME!
 

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Very Nice bench,Beautiful work.
 

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Awesome work as usual. You created a lasting legacy for the library. Hopefully get a few more commissions out of it.

Your cat really doesn't like it's picture taken, does it. Or is it a guard cat ensuring no one messes with that piece until it is delivered…☺
 
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