This outdoor furniture is constructed from 100% recycled materials, the garden benches, chairs and plant stands are made from an assemblage of vintage wood, tree roots and found or discarded objects. The ‘carpenter’ Dave, carefully and patiently builds each piece by hand.
Take a look at this garden seat, you’ll see some old tools incorporated into the design.
Dave has been making this yard furniture for about six years and is self-taught. He got started when his girlfriend asked him to build her something and he produced a small bench. From there he went on to create sheds, fences, gazebos and sculpture.
This chair is one of my favorites (below) because it seems to be blown and buffeted to the right by the wind.
The furniture may look delicate but it is resilient enough for outdoors. As Dave says “Everything I make is solid, you can sit on the chairs.” While out foraging for material, Dave sometimes gathers all the ‘found pieces’ together and assembles the furniture on the spot, then brings it back to the store.
Plant Stands and Planters
This garden planter has several shelves for potted plants (below). The looped tree root is a great place to hang a wind chime, a sign or whatever else suits your garden. The up-recycled green and white glass plate provides visual balance.
This is stand out piece, beautiful as is. Or use it as a display area for potted plants, bird houses, ceramics or small sculptural objects (below)
Picture this plant stand with a potted fern in a shady spot on the deck. Or in full sun with a ceramic container of colorful, trailing plants such as nasturtiums – gorgeous!
A table with a tabletop of discarded glass, framed by various pieces of worn wood (below).
The back of this bench is a reclaimed window screen. (below).
Twisted, intertwined tree roots form the back of this garden seat (below). Dave searches for materials locally and recycles everything he sees. He uses grapevine, apple vine and yard sale ‘treasures’. Dave especially enjoys using roots because of the curvy shapes and because they sometimes twine around interesting objects such as old bricks (manufactured centuries ago by the Hudson River brick industry).
This is one of Dave’s first pieces, he calls it the ‘Tiny Tim’ bench. It does have that old Dickensian feel to it (below).
Here’s a decorative windmill (below). I can image it as a centerpiece in a flower bed full of unruly wild flowers.
Poised and focused! Ice hockey is a popular sport locally because there is an ice arena in town. Dave donates furniture to local fundraisers to benefit local schools and churches.
The ‘Bird Sanctuary’ – a three dimensional collage of driftwood from the banks of the Hudson River (below).
The bird sanctuary includes an upcycled bird house complete with miniature deck and hand rails.
Dave selected this piece of driftwood because it resembles an eagle. Golden Eagles are a common sight because they feed on fish and there are many large bodies of water in the area, including the Hudson River, of course.
Dave explained it takes many hours to place each piece in exactly the right spot.
This rustic garden furniture reflects Dave’s love of history and his appreciation of art. Each piece has a story behind it. This is authentic, hand crafted, Hudson Valley folk furniture.
- At the time of writing, Dave’s work was on display at a store called ‘Country Clutter’ – this store is moving, click here for updates and the new location
- Contact Dave on (845) 246-6058 for inquiries and custom orders.