The bench design is based on the work of Aldo Leopold, a nature writer and protector of the wilderness. Leopold’s writings have helped people discover how to live in harmony with the natural world around them.
The original bench was designed for adults. It is made out of 2×8 lumber, with a 2×10 seat. Pine has been used because it’s inexpensive, takes well to staining and sealing, and is naturally biodegradable. The seating area is 42 inches wide, with a 22 degree angled back. Big enough to fit two adults comfortably.
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Central Texas Summer Camps
We can build these kits to order for your Summer Camp. They make great projects for pre-teen and teen groups. Or divide up the labor, and have the older kids build the benches and the younger ones paint them. Each kit comes with all the lumber pre-cut, the screws, glue, and a color printed assembly guide. You supply the tools and the kids.
If you are interested in ordering kits for your camp, please send us an e-mail or give us a call and we’ll coordinate it. They are $70 each kit and discounts available for orders of 10 or more benches. Note that you must pick them up at our Austin home-based shop — or pay for us to deliver them — they are far too heavy to ship economically.