Client: College of Brockport

Title: “The Branch Bench”

Year work was completed:  2015

Form:  Bench

Materials: American Ash and American Black Walnut

Construction:  Through mortice and tenons and ship lapped dovetail.  

Size: 55” Length x 16” Width x 20” Height


Philosophy: The bench was designed to honor the Ash trees that were cut down and saved by the college, cut into lumber, and dried. The hand carved branch with a ship lapped dovetail joint and morticed into the sides acts as a supportive stretcher for the bench while simulating the branch of the tree. The carved pattern resembles the bark of the Ash tree. The bench was constructed to be used every day in the building by the students.

Commissioned bench created for a corridor for The College of Brockport’s Liberal Arts Building in Brockport, NY. Juried among many applicants throughout the United States by Wendell Castle. We were also commissioned by the college to design and fabricate a lectern for the auditorium from the same woods in 2015.

Meaning or Importance of Material: American Ash is a very strong wood and like oak has been used in the production of furniture elements where strength is important. American Ash is associated with encouraging good health and a peaceful and content mind.