Monday, July 13, 2015

Inspiration for the 
Wave Bench

I wanted to share a bit about how the wave bench came to be. It was a design that took years to perfect and working with my wife to find the right balanced look it came from many different sources of inspiration. First off would be the ocean we live next to. Bandon Oregon rests on the southern Oregon coast, just about as far west in the continental United States as you can get without getting wet. Our shop is about 1/4 mile from the beach and taking walks to the ocean every morning inspires a lot of my furniture designs. You can see a wave repeat in the bench in many places.

I am also a fan of art nouveau curves you can vaguely see in the legs and when I was able to engrave the stretcher I chose to go with a Celtic knot with a nod to traditional Irish furnishings.
The bench has a symmetry that mimics a pagoda.
Being a fan of Sam Maloof I chose to add "socks" seen in the book "The Furniture of Sam Maloof" on his 1952 prototype dining chair.

This bench has been one of my favorite pieces to build and it is very close to my heart as it was a culmination of designs both I and my wife enjoy.
 I hope you enjoy it as well.

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