Brian has been busy with the saws and sanders, working on a very special project for the Provincial Winter Fair in Kamloops. He hand-crafted these barnwood benches for the PWF Awards for the beef and sheep categories. We were so honoured to be a part of this special event this year. This Fair has been running since 1939, showcasing local livestock and 4-H projects. Such a great family event for everyone!
In the wood shop.
Gathering up the wood and prepping for the project is how it all begins. Everything starts with a vision of what the finished piece will look like. Brian crafts his plan to make the best use of the wood. Every cut counts when you are working with old barn and fence boards. No two are alike, with their unique weathered patina, sometimes with old nail holes and even bits of hair from a cow having a good scratch along the fence.
The bench legs are made from 2×6 old fir with a special circle or keyhole cut to prevent the wood from cracking. The seat is made from two pieces that are biscuit-joined together. This barnwood has endured years of all weather conditions and is ready for more. Leave it outside as a handy seat to pull your boots on, or bring it into your home to add some country charm.
Congratulations to the winners! We hope you really enjoy these benches!