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Bēhance

  • Bentch
    gluelam, steel frame, spring joint
  • This mesquite and steel bench is an attempt to push traditional materials beyond their normal performative limits and create a connection between wood and metal that is satisfying in the broadest sense of the word.  That means no screws or other mechanical fasteners.  The top is a three layer gluelam that is glued up against a curved formwork.  The resulting camber and multiple laminations give the relatively thin section an enormous amount of strength and flexibility.  The steel frame is pried open to receive the top, creating a long lasting spring joint that allows the wood and steel to exist sympathetically.  Basically, it's a modified mortise and tenon with the tenon being made of steel.  Looking at the end, the wood appears to have an indentation that is indicative of the process by which the overall piece was assembled.  There is something primitive and direct about this sort of joint, and I hope to have "updated" it without losing that quality.  Imperfections in the wood are removed and filled with epoxy resin, creating surprising points of brightness in seemingly random locations.   The mesquite top is shaped such that it is more rounded in places where the body is more likely to come into contact with it.  I made this piece for myself.