curved oak bench
the inspiration for this bespoke curved oak bench came from the graceful and symmetrical curve of an large oak branch that had been lying for 10 years in a field next to the church in Little Gaddesden. Steve and Jo (Straight from the Woods) milled the branch (and the rest of the trunk) into slabs on site which we dry stored at the workshop for a couple of years.
once Rich and Matt had agreed which design they wanted from the drawings we sent, work could begin. the curved oak branch was cut into 6 pieces (four for the seat slats and two for the back) with each positioned in the bench as they were in the slab, so that the inside curve sits at the front of the bench and the outside curve at the back. every other element of the bench comes from another two slabs from the truck of the same tree.
the curved back slats follow the same principal in that each is positioned as they were cut so as to ensure a continuity of the grain pattern. as with all our bespoke furniture all mortice and tenon joints are pegged and glued.