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Thursday 19 April 2012

Leigh Woods Centenary Bench

This solid oak bench was installed in Leigh Woods, near Bristol, in October 2009. It is situated on Stokeleigh Camp (an Iron Age hill fort) and was commissioned by the National Trust to commemorate 100 years since the land was donated to them. The research and construction of this bench is still one of my favourite commissions. It's great to see that it is weathering well and looking more and more 'of the place'.The paler bit about halfway along the top of the backrest seems to be where someone has recently sanded the wood (perhaps to try and remove some scratched-in graffiti?) That said, the graffiti is happily neither widespread nor deep on the bench so far. Oak heartwood is tough stuff!

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