adirondack swing, finished


Now I’ve finally got the swing together. In order to size the bench from 65″ to the present swing of 54″, I eliminated one board in the back of each seat, narrowed the center heart piece and pulled it all closer eliminating gaps. Whew! But then I was left with oversized connecting pieces at the seat level. I laid it all out and fudged my way through that.

The first pic has no plugs. There were about 3,000 plugs, I think, to cover all the screw holes. OK, maybe not that many, but it felt like it.

The second pic shows the swing finished.

I was still uncertain that it would hold the weight, even though I put some cool brass reinforcing pieces on each side of where the eye bolts went through. But, today Ellie and Lori and I sat on it, with a combined weight of 400 lbs. and it held! Although, I really don’t believe that Lori weighs 150 lbs and Ellie, being a kid, had no idea and didn’t really care how much she weighs, so we gave her 80 lbs. But I’m happy. Now how to get it to it’s home….






About the author

Craig is technically an outsider artist, having no schooling or apprentice training in the arts. His background is in building and remodeling, but always with an artistic approach. This history lends itself to creating art which is also functional. Many of the tables, kitchens and beds he has made are clever and beautiful combinations of the natural edge and graining with specific functionality. He specializes in creating for those who have a specific corner or room in the house which needs attention. Also, he has been making handmade coffins, urns and memorials since the 80's. People often get their coffins ahead of time and store them. Familiar with the laws of Michigan, Craig is able to design and execute anything people want, however, creative or simple.