Old church pew saved from the burn pile
Old church pew saved from the burn pile

A new client asked me to re-purpose an old church pew. The mission: take a 17 foot church pew and make it into a 3 foot mudroom bench and an 7 foot-wide eclectic window seat. The really cool part about this project is, as I disassemble the piece, I think about the hands that made this, 30+ years ago. About all the people, during those decades, that came to church with their concerns, burdens, and joys to commune with their Creator. From this pew, they were married, had babies baptized, asked for loved ones to be made well, begged forgiveness for mistakes, and gave great thanks for a life well lived. Now, in 2016, I get to save this piece from the rubbish bin and remake all that history into something that will bring happiness in a new way.

Dissassembly
Dissassembly

Disassembly and fabrication has begun. Had to cut the original piece down into the two target sized pieces and make new legs.  The cushion was tacked down with glue and staples.  I swear the builder was paid by the staple.  Hundreds of them had to be removed.  And I don't know what I scraped and sanded off the back of this....and I don't want to know.....

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Mudroom Bench Complete
Mudroom Bench Complete

With the first piece completed and delivered, I'm now starting on the big project.  More postings to follow.

Gaelic Window Seat
Gaelic Window Seat
Vines and leaves
Vines and leaves

The leaves are made of American walnut, padauk (an African rosewood, and purpleheart (South American wood) and set into the oak seat.  The vines are a stone inlay of malachite and turquoise arranged in a vine pattern reminiscent of celtic knot work.