I usually group my stock of driftwood pieces according to the type of wood when making a piece of furniture. This bench, however contains several different species.
The two-part seat is made from Oak and Pine, the front legs from Redwood, back legs from pitch-pine and the back-rest from Greenheart, a dense tropical timber which is favoured for breakwaters.
The carved crab and winkle panels of the doors seemed appropriate as this bench formed part of a body work which I prepared for an exhibition in Whitstable: the seaward end of the old 'Crab & Winkle line' railway from Canterbury. The iron door handles were taken from a broken church gate which I was asked to remake last year.
Width of the bench is 52 inches, depth is 16 inches.