Settle Bench Rustic Finish

We designed our Settle Bench last year for a holiday promotion. It’s sat in storage until now when we had time to take it out and refinish the wood with more time. The result is a brown denim style that accents the grain. The entire bench is held together by hand carved wooden pegs. A secondary spruce frame is designed within to provide structural support for such massive planks.

A Settle Bench is a traditional design and the name is given to upright hall or entryway bench where guests can ‘settle’ when they enter a home.

The bench was created from a log salvaged by a local tug operator. It’s a Sitka Spruce and we lost count at 200 years old. The unique hole in the Settle Bench’s right wing back is from the boom chain, used to tie the large outer logs and contain the log boom. This was a large spruce specimen (66′ length) and we wanted to preserve the milled planks with their original history. The Settle Bench is approximately 50″ long, 42″ tall and 24″ deep. The front piece folds down for shoe storage.

The tug boat image was taken by Norbert Kaysser who salvaged the Settle Bench log.

Storyteller Chair

The Storyteller Chair is an original, whimsical design from Prairie Bench. The chair frame is constructed of reclaimed fir timbers, while the seat and back are from a hundred and fifty year old Sitka Spruce salvaged from the Fraser River by Port Coquitlam tug operator and avid reader, Norbert Kaysser. Styled by artist and writer B. Lewis to accent the grain and tone, it’s the wood that chose the unique shape. The wide arms and frame invite an audience and focus attention on the storyteller. The seat and back have a fun lop-sided appeal reminiscent of Dr. Seuss or Alice in Wonderland. As a Prairie Bench design, lots of consideration and affirmation were incorporated into the construction: grain energy and direction emanate from the storyteller; scribed notes for imagination, wonder, vision and understanding are sealed in the workmanship. The Storyteller Chair is ergonomic and comfortable with a hand carved seat, smooth lines, and interesting scrapes and knot holes that might appear after centuries of dragons, forest creatures, and adventure. Now it’s time to settle into a tale and add your history to the chair.

The Storyteller Chair is a one of kind original from Prairie Bench, signed and numbered by the designer and finished in rosewood oil so you’ll always touch the wood.



Storyteller Chair: letting the finish cure naturally.


33-BL-11-11 Sold.
48″h x 42″w x 30″d – approximate dimensions