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December 23, 2015
Bench Shelters, Trellises, Railings and Gates
Locust Grove Shelter
South Mountain Shelter
Gabrielle Trellis
Staatsburg Bridge Railings
Beam Gates Beam Gates
    Here are a few recently completed projects from 2015. From the top down we have a sitting shelter completed for the Locust Grove Historic Site in Poughkeepsie, NY. Locust Grove was the home of inventor and painter Samuel F. B. Morris. The next image is a sitting shelter completed for the South Mountain Conservancy and Wildflower Sculpture Park in Essex County, NJ. If you plan on visiting remember to bring your dog. It's also a dog park. The next image is our Gabrielle Trellis completed for a client in NJ. The panels are recreations of designs that can be seen at The Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. After that is an image of some driveway railings for a culvert bridge in Staatsburg, NY. This is a natural free form design improvised on site. The final images are of a couple of gates built for a client in Ohio. Hopefully we will be sent final images after they are installed.
October 1, 2015
Briarcliffe Sitting Shelter
Briarcliffe Shelter
Briarcliffe Shelter
Briarcliffe Shelter Briarcliffe Shelter
Briarcliffe Shelter
Briarcliffe Shelter
Briarcliffe Shelter
Briarcliffe Shelter Briarcliffe Shelter
    Our Briarcliffe Sitting Shelter is a 6' square structure with two interior facing benches and an open roof built using bark-on eastern red cedar trees and branches. These images show the progression of the shelter starting at our shop in Saugerties, NY to it's final destination in Briarcliffe Manor, NY. The site will later be landscaped with soil and mulch to hide the concrete pads that it sits upon.
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July 19, 2015
A few benches from the first half of 2015.
Milan Bench
Rhinebeck Bench
Catskill Butterfly Bench
Sunburst Bench
    Here are a few of the rustic benches that we have built in the first half of 2015. All benches pictured here were built using bark-on eastern red cedar trees and branches and measure 5' in length. The design names from top to bottom are as follows. The Milan, The Rhinebeck, The Catskill Butterfly, and The Sunburst Bench.
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June 28, 2015
Alice Austen House, Staten Island, NY
Tree Bench
Alice Austen Tree Bench
Alice Austen Tree Bench
Alice Austen Tree Bench
Alice Austen Tree Bench
Alice Austen Tree Bench
    A recent rebuild of a historic tree bench at the Alice Austen House on Staten Island, NY. The inner frame was built using pressure treated 4x4's for longevity then faced with bark-on cedar half-round logs. For the bench seat we used roughed up cedar 2x6's. A beautiful bench for a beautiful location.
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May 11, 2015
The Children's Museum in Easton, MA
Poet's Walk Park, Red Hook, NY
Easton Tepee
Easton Tepee
Poet's Walk Park Sign
    Here's a recently completed children's tepee for the Children's Museum in Easton, MA. My little man agrees that it is the coolest thing ever. The museum is an incredible place to bring your kids with so many fun things to do, inside and out. Over the years we have built several structures for their 'Wild Place' outdoor play area. Back in 2006 we built a beautiful 12' summerhouse, a two story children's tower, and an entrance arbor and gate. The structures are holding up wonderfully and look even more incredible with the addition of the new tepee. If your in the area be sure to check it out.
    We also had the opportunity to build a memorial sign for Poet's Walk Park in Red Hook, NY. You can see Parker's Place for yourself if you walk down towards the river and summerhouse at the north west of the park. We also have a few benches down there so you can relax and enjoy the view.
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April 30, 2015
Huguenot Deck Railings
Huguenot Deck Railings
Huguenot Deck Railings
Huguenot Deck Railings
Huguenot Deck Railings
Huguenot Deck Railings
Huguenot Deck Railings
Huguenot Deck Railings
Huguenot Deck Railings
    This was a very satisfying project. We took measurements of the deck before last winter so we could build the railings at our shop and be ready to install first thing in the spring. You can see some images of the shop construction in one of our earlier blog posts from January. We built a jig to represent the deck facia on the floor of our shop, then built about 18' of railing at a time. When we finally were able to install we found that everything fit perfectly snug around all of the deck corners. The installation took us less than two days which included the construction of the stair case railings on site. The clients were extremely happy with the final results of our hard work and we couldn't of had a more beautiful place to work.
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April 11, 2015
Completed Projects - Shop View
Heyl Bench
Easton Children's Museum Teepee Midler Gazebo Table
Pachman Bench
Poet's Walk Sign Poet's Walk Sign
    We've been very busy the last couple of months trying to keep up with all the new projects we've acquired since the smell of spring has been in the air. Our shop is full of completed work and we are just waiting for the sun to come out to deliver and install them. We have one of our beautiful mountain laurel benches being delivered this weekend to it's home in Hudson, NY, a child's teepee going to the Children's Museum of Easton, a small table for a gazebo in Dutchess County, one of our cedar benches in our 'Milan' design style, and a memorial sign for Poet's Walk Park in Red Hook, NY. If you haven't been to Poet's Walk Park be sure to put it on your list of places to visit. We'll have more updates soon.
January 28, 2015
Huguenot Deck Railings & Materials
Eastern Red Cedar Trees and Branches
Eastern Red Cedar Trees Eastern Red Cedar Saplings
Eastern Red Cedar Saplings Huguenot Deck Railings
Eastern Red Cedar Saplings Huguenot Deck Railings
Huguenot Deck Railings
Huguenot Deck Railings
    Even in the middle of the winter we still have plenty to keep us busy. We are currently working on some deck railings for a client in Huguenot, NY as well as gathering materials for upcoming projects. For the railings we took detailed measurements on site so we could completely build everything at our shop. Once spring arrives we will be ready to install with minimal time spent on site.
January 26, 2015
Highlights of 2014
Williams Gazebo & Dock
Martin Dining Pavilion Red Hook Watershed Bridge
Old Chatham Fencing
Country Living Breakfast Table Plymouth Deck Railings
Windham Chairs, Ottomans and Table
Maverick Benches Columbia County Land Conservancy Bench
Hofstra University Arena Garden Gazebo & Bridge
Engel Hudson Arbor & Gate Zinke Arbor & Gate
Stonewood Farm Fencing & Pergola
    Here are a few selected images from some of our completed projects of 2014. Visit last years 'Blog & Photo Updates' page for more details about any of the above images.
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