New Display Bench in the Bonsai Pit

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This will be the main display bench in my Bonsai Pit. A number of years ago I was able to get some “free” lumber shorts from a local mill that was going out of business. The guy running it acquired low grade utility old growth logs from various sources and was able to produce some really nice affordable wood.......by the time I got to the closing out sale, there was only some shorts and a couple of 2x4’s, the owner said help yourself....didn’t want $ so later in the week, I bought him a 12 pack of his favourite brew.
As my wife reminds me every once in a while, I am somewhat of a pack rat......always keeping things especially wood...for that special unknown future project.😂 Went through a few sketches before I landed on this design.
The bench main frame is Douglas Fir 2x3, the top (2x6) and decorative spindles( 2x2) are Western Red Cedar and the top support spindles are Yellow (Alaskan) Cedar. Applied some clear preservative, with a goal of letting it go a natural grey in years to come.FD3679A3-E78C-4E92-9DE3-10892A940098.jpeg
 

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Very artistic, and a special display area for sure. Well done!
Many thanks Judy, it was a fun project as I don’t have a big work shop ( small man shed), but did use some basic power tools. It is screwed and glued. Should last a while 😂
I hope to use it with a weekly tree or trees display and post them on this thread. G.
 
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Love the use of short pieces for the lower leg stringer, great design.
 

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Just a clear preservative. I did consider a semi transparent grey stain but hopefully it will weather to a natural grey.........will enjoy the unique colours for now.
 

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Ok, new week.....tree is a Mountain Hemlock, repotted this spring. For those of you oldies you may recall this tree as I introduced it on here back around 2008 (it’s got its own thread) for the last 5 or so it was wrapped around a large limestone boulder. My intention is to place into a Cascade Pot. Also on the right there is a piece of beach drift that some Teredo’s (Naval Shipworm) had fun with, on the left is another driftwood piece with a likeness of perhaps a?

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This week, on the left a Western Hemlock - Going for the “ancient old growth veteran” that can be found here in the PNW. On the right a Mountain Hemlock. The accent underneath the bench - container is a piece of Douglas Fir bark.
Cheers
Gman
 

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How old is the western hemlock & mountain hemlock? They are beautiful.
 
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