Cam and Lily designed and built a new bench together this week. The inspiration for this bench was a bit puzzling but the final product really turned out beautifully. Lily had wanted a bench to be used for herself and her brother in front of the fire pit in our yard and Cam wanted to build a bench to make it easier for the kids to use the counter. Saving the chairs from being pushed all over the place. I ended up putting the bench at our back door for the ease of putting on and off shoes.
Anyhow the bench was made from a black walnut tree that Cam cut down from a friend’s yard and milled with his chain saw mill in our backyard. It was originally milled to be made into the double kid’s seat for my Xtracycle but was proving too heavy for the job. It was a good exercise for Lily to see the tree that was cut down go through the process to become a bench having seen every step along the way. Hammering the nails was particularly enjoyable as was the sawing of the wood for both kids. It still needs to be finished with oil but I really wanted to share some pictures.