Benches

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Shaker-inspired Bench

Some simple adaptations turn this 19th-century bench into a modern mudroom necessity. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 38-43 From the December 2004 issue #145 Buy this issue now There is an old Shaker hymn called “Simple Gifts” that begins with this line: “Tis the gift to be simple.” This bench carries many of the...

Early 17th-century Swedish Joiner’s Bench

Alert reader Bengt Nilsson of Stockholm, Sweden, sent in this great photo of a joiner’s bench that was recovered from the Vasa , a Swedish battleship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. Nilsson took the photo while touring the Vasa Museum with an American exchange student. He estimates that the bench is...