Osage Bench

I made this bench from the last pieces of osage orange that I had on hand. The tree does not grow where I live now, but grows from about Grand Rapids south, especially in Tennessee and that latitude.

It’s an incredibly dense wood and very resistant to weather. It carves well with sharp tools and has an amazing yellow/orangish color.

This bench has three supports and tilts slightly forward. The two end legs were from part of a tree that had broken, twisted and then “froze” in that position as it continued to grow.

IMG_0792 IMG_0793It weighs 35 lbs. and measures 49″ l x 11″w x 18″h. $250.00.

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.