Finished Walnut Bench


A trestle-type black walnut bench for the Big Horn River Lodge in Montana.  Of all the production pieces I have been building, the benches are the strongest design.  All mortise and tenon joinery, there are no metal fasteners or glue used in these benches.  The grain and figuring on the wide slabs of the old black walnut is very beautiful.  The white oak butterfly joint helps control the split in this piece.  Much of the walnut in the furniture I have been building over the past 15 months came from a stack of wood in a flooded basement in an abandoned house in South East Kansas. 

Benches like this one can be built on request, though it is hard to come by walnut this wide in Kansas, so the price is some-what subject to availability of the lumber.