Home Décor

Despite the name, we're not just benches

home decor - kumiko lamp

Sometimes the best stuff comes from kismet, the serendipitous moment. Like these slatted pieces. For instance, some of the candle holders, and the slatted tables. they are all inspired by great finds, whether baulks of timber to make the candle holders, or when we found this cache of salvaged barn-wood, we couldn't help grabbing all that we could carry away.

Kumiko Lamp

Made from thin strips of cedar, planed smooth, and attached to four cedar columns. The shoji is from mulberry paper glued to the frames, and the main element on the lamp front is darkened with a coffee stain before oiling.
The lamp fitting is a standard E-5 (candelabra base), with a dimmer and accepts up to 60w bulbs.

Tall Slatted Tables

We rip down the wood and sand it, then build the table with vintage 6d nails and paint it in a wonderful shabby pink or stain it to your desire.
This is a terrific addition to any home, functional, beautiful, and a lot of fun.

Wide Slatted Tables

Like the benches, we couldn't help grabbing all that we could carry away of this wood. We rip down the wood and sand it, then build the table with vintage 6d nails and paint it in a wonderful shabby pink or stain it to your desire.

Low Slatted Tables

More uses for this salvaged barn wood...


Another salvaged barn-wood creation. Perfect for decks, or in front of a favorite window! We finish to order, whitewash or a a wonderful shabby pink, various colors

Candle Holders

This is a beautiful take on an antique sugar mold, available in either a nine or five hole version. Great for candles, and for little planters, a really stunning centerpiece. Also available in distressed white.

Candle Holders - Dovetailed

A pretty little piece, fits any table...

Japanese Inspired Tool Box

My take on the traditional Japanese carpenter’s toolbox, 41 x 20 x 17cm. The top slides over and lifts out.
It locks in place with an angled wooden key. The box uses no metal in its construction, glue and bamboo nails only.

For the traditional carpenter, the Dōgu need a proper conveyance, this particular one is marked with the symbols for Saws, Planes, and Chisels from the Mesirow, Herman book of nearly the same name, The care and use of Japanese Woodworking Tools

Tool Box

A lot of fun 42.5 x 16.5cm, perfect for flowers, garden supplies, kitchen ware, even tools. Ornamented with a carved onlay, in distressed blue. The handle is spokeshaved by hand to make the grip.

Clothes Racks

Try these in your mud room, laundry room, front hall, back of a closet...

Other Pieces

Who knows what we'll make next!
The little crosses are maple or oak, and hang from hand-painted wooden beads, they are a very pretty ornament.
The little forest of snowy trees are so pretty on a table or side board.
We are just wrapping up a set of three custom cedar doors, as you can see below.

Recent Projects

Cedar Tea Service Table
July 23

Cedar 'Tea Service' Table

I am increasingly obsessed by trying to do better, more precise work. This may not be the end all be all, but I like this piece a lot, a black, cast-iron tea pot, a handleless mug of green tea...

Maple + Oak Crosses
July 20

Maple + Oak Crosses

3-½" maple and oak crosses for wall hangings, all mortised together, aged and stained!
fun fact-the oak came from a tree on our property that had fallen. I had removed the bulk, but saved some short pieces to play with.

Candle holders
July 15

Candle holders

These massive candle holders are the perfect centerpiece...

Slab benches
June 24

Slab benches

These benches are massive, and great looking - they are available in a number of colors, and really look perfect on a porch, under the spreading maple, in a hallway or at the foot of the bed...

hand crafted rustic country benches
June 24


Yes, we keep inventory! Feel free to reach out for the current stock, we can ship within a few days...


Antique Sugar Molds

Antique Sugar Molds

The perfect candle holder

We start with a massive 4" x 6" beam. The nine hole version is 35-½ inches in length, and we cut an 11° angle in the base to give it the unique shape. The cut takes two passes through the saw to complete, since it is a more massive piece of wood than our 35 year old saw can handle in one.

We use a 60mm Forstner bit in the drill press to make the 1" deep holes. The mess was inspiration for yet another attempt to make an efficient dust collection system...

Once cut, the fun starts. we plane it by hand using three different kanna, until the surface is as glassy as we can get, then we sand the monster on all sides with 80 | 150 | 320 grits using my multi-tool, much to the annoyance of the rest of the house.
Once smooth, we stain it with the Varathane Dark Walnut, twice, with a light sanding between coats. We then finish it with clear Butcher's paste wax, applied by hand, then polished using the multi-tool again.

Slab Benches

Slab Benches

Massively Primitive

We rip a 2x10 to clean up the edges. After cutting the seat to size we then rip the two leg pieces up the center. We cut a nice angled cut out from the bottoms and then glue them back together with hidden dowels. We cut a notch from each leg to accommodate the slat, and using the same 1x, we cut the two side pieces.

Once the legs are ready, we plane, and then sand all the pieces down. If we are distressing it, we soften all the corners with the sander, hit the wood of the seat with chains, crow bars, old fashioned hammer heads, and then use a wire brush to complete the 'aging' process.

For quick antiquing, a solution of cider vinegar and steel wool gives a great, grey patina, or there are a variety of other mixes, including diluting high quality latex paint with white vinegar...

Assembly is done with waterproof carpenter's glue, then we drill holes to place dowels about three inches into the wood with gorilla glue. Once the body is dry, we add the sides using waterproof carpenter's glue and nails.
Very pretty

hand crafted rustic stuff


Playing in wood...

There is a lot of fun to be had smashing found things together, some really old oak, some bamboo nails, and two small tree bolls. Once upon a time I used to fuse glass, and I framed up two pieces I had left, trout fishing themed.
Then there is the stash box, lined in mulberry paper, and the little box of monster... And I thought these pumpkins a very cute decoration.