Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Stone bench

This bench was made from two large rocks and a slab of stone across the top. It sits in a garden with a birdbath made of stone also. It really is a pretty setting. I will have to start taking a big view and a closeup view of som of these sicne the setting is pretty too.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bamboo bench

This bench is in front of a new store that opened selling things from the Orient.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Very long iron rail bench . . .

Found this one in the jail courtyard. It is interesting in materials used and shape.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


None of the benches for the next 5 days will be ones from my walk Friday. I already had them scheduled. Ü

Gorgeous, I tell you. . . just gorgeous!

I was having problems with the quilt I am making so I decided to go for a walk today. I rode the bus out to Stewart Glen and the Burnt Bridge Trailhead. It was blocked because of construction work so I just walked back home instead. It was about 4 miles one way. Along the way, I searched for benches and I found a few . . . 29 -- YES TWENTY NINE more benches at people's homes! I am in 7th heaven!!!!!!!!!

This one, I saw on a person's porch and a man was doing something in the yard and I actually asked him if I could come on the lawn and take a photo of his beautiful bench. The second photo is a close up of the ironwork on the back. Isn't it a beautiful bench?

Friday, September 26, 2008

For Sale

A couple months back I went to a Grand Opening of a new Fred Meyers store and this was in their garden area outside the store. I found it to be beautiful because the design hollers peaceful, restful, unique and friends -- because there are two, it welcomes more than one person. It's kinda like an arbor. . . CLICK to see the detail of the iron design.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Gorgeous bench hiding!!!!!!

This bench is so gorgeous that it is too bad I can't give you better photos of it. CLICK on both to see the beautiful shape/design and wood of the bench! The placement of the back slats is very nice also.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bench across the street. . .

The people that live here are trying to sell their house. (I think they should paint it a different color first!) They got something right to attract buyers -- A BENCH on the porch! Simple but useful. It's kinda different in that it has three boards to hold the top slab on each side, one going across and two short, slanting boards to hold it all together. It looks inviting!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Another Saturday Market bench

The man next to this bench was trying out the chair by it and was so comfortable, he wasn't about to move so I took the photo with him in it. The seat is very wide vertically and it has that extra board on the front of the seat slats. The wood grain is very pretty but it is not one I would "die for."

Monday, September 22, 2008

Eagle bench

This is a lovely wood and iron bench featuring two eagles on the back. The wavy top is very unique! It's in a very nice setting with the well, flower bed and steps to the left. It must be a people watcher bench! When the flowers are blooming and the grass is green, I bet it is a beautiful sight! I wish I could see the side legs. . . maybe in another season as it is a neighborhood bench.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Demo benches at fair

I walked past these at the fair. It wasn't time for a demonstration so they were mostly empty when I took the photo.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Neighborhood tree bench

I was walking Arnada neighborhood again after my daily visit to Kiggins House re-model when I spotted this bench through a fence. . . As I walked a bit uphill, I saw the people who lived there and asked them if I could take a photo of their bench by coming up on their steps. It was blocked only by a fence in part of the front yard. I had jsut taken a photo fo their Dahlias on the fence. . . They agreed and even their big dog came to greet me -- a nice gentle big dog and I wasn't afraid of it. Perhaps my fear left when I saw the bench and wanted a photo more than worrying about a big shaggy dog! Ü

I asked them if they made it and they told me they had not but a man had many benches he made of natural logs and sold them awhile back when they purchased it.

It faces a little waterway that has circulating water. I could sit out there reading a book all day! CLICK on to enlarge! You won't be sorry!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Simple bench for sale

This bench was in front of a store downtown that sells many wood things. It is simple but beautiful.

Problems with uploading again so I will try later . Sigh Nothing yet. Will try again tonight.

Well, I tried again after I was able to load the post above today. . . I changed the time on the post options and it worked!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

At the fair in garden entries section . . .

This unique bench is all natural wood. It is made from two cuts of a tree for the "legs" and a curved slab of a leaning tree. It has a shellac on it to make the seating area smooth. Looks nice in this setting of a waterfall and plants around it. Don't know how comfortable it is but if I were tired or wanting to sit a spell and look at my garden, it might be just the thing.

An Ordinary Bench

This bench is sitting in the middle of the little town of Bremen, Georgia.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Beautiful Iron Designs finally uploaded!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This bench is unique not only in the iron arms and back edging but an iron center design also AND just look at the placement of that wood on the back! I only wish I could have seen the seating part. Maybe it is just slats. . . I would go back and look again to see if I could capture it but I have no idea in what part of town I found this bench. When I first started photographing benches, I mostly captured the bench alone and when they are on porches, I feel a little intimidated to get closer.

Well, the photo for this one will be coming when Blogger cooperates. I left it uploading for over three hours and nothing. sigh
2nd day of trying for hours. I can't upload anything on this blog it seems. I will try again another time. sorry


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Beautiful iron designs

This bench is unique not only in the iron arms and back edging but an iron center design also AND just look at the placement of that wood on the back! I only wish I could have seen the seating part. Maybe it is just slats. . . I would go back and look again to see if I could capture it but I have no idea in what part of town I found this bench. When I first started photographing benches, I mostly captured the bench alone and when they are on porches, I feel a little intimidated to get closer.

Well, the photo for this one will be coming when Blogger cooperates. I left it uploading for over three horus and nothing. sigh
2nd day of trying for hours. I can't upload anything on this blog it seems. I will try again another time. sorry

Monday, September 15, 2008

County fair Entrance Bench . . .

Another bench from my day at the County fair in August. Simple construction. Located near the entrance of the fair. I guess to use while waiting for folks you are meeting/that are parking the car or coming from another direction?

I like the legs construction which I find unique. . .

Sorry about no photo the first time around. Blogger was giving me fits all day long and it wouldn't upload the photo. I guess I published it instead of saving as a draft. Trying again. (I did publish a bench below this one that no one left a comment on yet. . .)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Small benches for one . . .

Saw these at Farmer's Market. Did you notice the little heart shaped hole in the back?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hidden Brick Bench

Ok so it isn't all bricks but the legs are! The word "hidden" doesn't mean it is hiding BUT that is the name of the BRICK company that built many things in Vancouver's history.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Twin benches???

At first, I thought this was one long bench but the more I look at it, it mightbe two benches put together. See the double arm rest in the center? I love those!!!!!!! It looks like a simple bench to make -- the legs of the benches reminds me of a saw horse --only wider. Wouldn't it be darling with a fresh coat of paint or varnish? CLICK on photo to see details.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

9 --11--01

I searched and found this on the internet. I don't know who these people are -- it was the best photo available to show the benches. . .
Memorials are planned for all three sites where people lost their lives on that fateful date 7 years ago. This is the first one completed next door to the Pentagon in Washington DC.

I got this information from the internet:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The grooved, gray concrete wall rising from a few inches to a few feet seems to be solely for blocking the noise from the nearby highway, but like many parts of the new Pentagon memorial, there is more to the wall than meets the eye.

The Pentagon memorial honors the 184 people killed in the building and on American Airlines Flight 77.

Seven years after the September 11 attack on the Pentagon, the wall is designed to remind visitors of the youngest and oldest victims, wrapping the memorial in symbolic imagery. It stands 3 inches tall at its beginning, representing the youngest person killed there -- 3-year-old Dana Falkenberg -- and continues to a height of 71 inches, corresponding to the oldest victim, retired U.S. Navy Capt. John D. Yamnicky Sr. Both were aboard American Airlines Flight 77 when terrorists hijacked the plane and smashed it into the Pentagon that day. Falkenberg died with her mother and father, Charles Falkenberg and Leslie Whittington, and her 8-year-old sister, Zoe.

A flag was raised at half staff and the national anthem was played. The words on a big screen seemed to capture the moment: "We will never forget."

As they enter the cenotaph, they pass over etched stone that reads, "September 11, 2001 -- 9:37 a.m.," the exact moment of the attack on the Pentagon. The stone in which that infamous date is carved was recovered from the smoldering ruins of the Pentagon, still stained with the burn marks from the explosion and fire from Flight 77 slamming into the building.
Across the memorial grounds, 184 bench-like structures, each one dedicated to a victim, are clustered in what seems like an uneven and unsettling array throughout the main grounds of the memorial. See the symbolism driving the memorial's design

The benches are laid out in a pattern according to the year each victim was born, from 1998 to 1930. Some rows, called birth-year aisles, have just one seat, and some have three or more. All of the granite-covered benches, called memorial units, are oriented in the direction the plane hit the building, pointing east.Each unit rises smoothly from the ground in a gentle slope to form the bench. A small pool of water beneath each one gently gurgles, adding to the relaxing nature the designers intended.

On the end of each unit, the name of the victim is inscribed in stainless steel. The names on the benches face east or west, depending on where the victims were when they died. If the victim was on the plane, visitors read the name as they look toward the western sky. If the person was inside the Pentagon, you read the name looking at the building, facing east.

Just steps from the Pentagon complex, it is like many of the Washington memorials in that access is freely available 24 hours a day. But it stands in a different place from the more well-known monuments. Tucked away on a small patch of super-secure land between a busy highway and the nation's military headquarters, the symbolism of a post-9/11 security environment is present. An iron fence surrounds the memorial, providing visitors with unintended symbolism. Just outside the fence, a Pentagon police guard shack is on one side, and a giant earthen berm -- designed to deflect bomb blasts from the Pentagon -- is on another. On a third side is a checkpoint with explosives-sniffing dogs and a secure road that leads to a Pentagon delivery facility away from the building. It is hard to imagine that a few years ago, this land was once just flat grass and the original location of the building's helicopter port before the attack.

It has taken seven years to build the memorial. But the time has not lessened the memories or the solemn nature of the location, feet from the impact site.

Plantings and trees will eventually fill it in the young memorial, creating a more private and intimate setting; and for those who lost family, friends and colleagues, the symbolism outside the memorial will be drowned out by the intimate symbolism inside.

At night, the benches will glow with light. Trees and trickling water also dot the nearly two-acre parcel of land adjacent to the Pentagon.

I know these aren't my photos but I felt it was important to include them on this day we will never forget.

Pair of benches at COUNTY FAIR

Simple metal benches with plank for the backrest and another for the seat. These were at the county fair in a grassy area near the animals.

Green Bench at Mill Mountain Zoo

On Labor Day, Hubby and I visited Mill Mountain Zoo.
This is one of the benches that was along the pathway.
You can see that it is a three person bench because of
the way the back is made. That is really what caught my eye!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tossed in the rubbish. . .

My heart was sad to see the disrepair of this double bench, just tossed to the trash heap in an alley. If I had property and didn't live in an apartment, I would have wanted to rescue it. CLICK on to enlarge.

Cork Bench

At Saturday Market last week, I saw this cork bench. The maker said most are from beer bottles and just a few from wine bottles. I find it a novelty but I wouldn't want to own it. I would sit on it IF I were very tired and had no alternative. . . CLICK on to see the corks better.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Green painted woven bench

Looks like a bench I normally see in white was re-painted. Not sure if the wear and tear is from use or neglect. . .

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Rattan bench . . .

Looks like a lot of work weaving this bench. It's different than most I see and while I am not fond of it much, it is a bench!

Share House bench

Saw this bench when I was walking in the western part of town where we have a place called Share House that feeds the hungry and provides sleeping quarters on a nightly basis for those needing it. Although the bench is crude, it is serviceable.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Foldable cloth bench

I have seen folding chairs but first time to see a bench that folds!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Iron bench beneath . . .

Under the boxes is what looks to me like a beautiful bench. It has a few wooden slats too. I wish they would move the boxes off it but they have been there for awhile . . . maybe they are moving and the bench will go too?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Saturday Market Woodworker's Bench

Isn't this a beauty? If I had made that, I could never sell it!

Bench at Kiggins House Remodel . . .

Recently, I went over to the Kiggins House to get updated photos of the progress of fixing up that 101 year old historical home and found this "new" bench on the little bit of grass left on the lot. Talking to Mr. Wood, I found out that one of his workers brought it by and told him that he "would need a bench for people waiting to view their newly remodeled home!" hehehehe He has a sense of humor huh?

Monday, September 1, 2008

Store bench in corner by entrance

I reckon it is for those who have bought their groceries and are waiting for a ride home?