Solid Rustic Bench Table made with Traditional Craftsmanship Methods & Tools
Very rustic, extremely strong and sturdy bench table. This has been carefully and honestly crafted in our workshop on the Welsh borders using traditional craftsmanship methods & tools (no electric tools in sight!). This is a copy of a original victorian bench of the 1900's. However, we think that our's is even better than the original and because we have used old wood, sourced from the Forest of Dean, each piece carefully selected by hand and in person, we defy anyone to not know that the piece is not as old as the wood we have used.
The Beech tree, that the top was made from, is possibly, 150 years old (i.e. it was cut down 150 years ago) so, all in all, we are looking at a piece of wood that is around 300 years old... perhaps, even more!! If you look you can see that the tree had the first signs of fungus attacking it. A lot of skilled carpenters love the effect this makes. In places the beech is white and almost sand in colour. There are grain circles within the wood which indicate where the virus was attacking. Caught just in time, carpenters very much enjoy working with such pieces. Thus, the grain is simply beautiful: very tactile, great on the eye and totally unique. The wood to the right side (in the photos), has simply been cut by axe: it's another wonderful section of the bench. In fact, I very much doubt one will ever find a more interesting piece of wood, not of this size anyway!
Exactly, what these benches were originally used for, it's really hard to say: it could of been used for standing on whilst picking fruit (apples, pears, cherries etc), building purposes, carpentry or simply a be-spoke piece that served a number of uses. The beech top is attachable, it slides into oak supports (oak being the perfect wood to hold such a construction, given that it is so strong). Thus, the bench would of been assembled after it's journey on a horse and cart (therefore, giving us the thought that along with it's possible use as a carpenters bench, it could of been used when harvesting fruit).
The legs are made from Ash: a very common wood used in the 19th century (and still used to this day). Ash has a superb grain running through it (similar to oak), very strong and was plentiful throughout central and eastern european, around this period. You can see that the legs have been chamfered: a simple technique, that most able carpenters would do, just to 'finish the piece off'. The side structures have mortise and tenon joints, with the pegs being most probably oak. Finally the strengthening baton that goes across the bottom of the structure is a wonderful piece of ash in itself. It tapers in to the left and some of the bark has been left on, giving it a great colour variation. Either side of the legs it has simple rustic pegs: so very clever and, yet, so simple. This is why the whole construction works so well.
The bench would work so well as a console table in either a living room, hallway or landing space. A friend has even said it would make for a fantastic drinks table, but, ultimately, the choice is yours. However as it is such a rustic piece and it's overall look makes this bench highly impressive and unique. A real talking piece.
Dimensions: Width: 176 cm Height: 81cm Depth: 36cm
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