When you visit JahRoc Galleries in Margaret River you will have the opportunity to sit on this unique bench seat on the verandah out the front and peruse the busy world passing by. Made with passion by Gary Bennett, it is one of those pieces that cannot be repeated due to the uniqueness of the timber. Gary certainly has the gift of turning a salvaged log into something imaginative and special… and what’s more it is 100% useful. “Functional Art”!!
I love projects like this where I find a unique piece of timber and make what ever I like out of it. I also love doing the big mortice and tenons and the joinery that evolves along the way. Making this piece reminded me of a bench at my Uncles farm where we use to shuck abalone and clean fish after hunting exhibitions to the beach. It was one of the many rustic pieces made by Grandpa Royce (GPR – my uncles father) that initially inspired me in my teens to want to make furniture.
Gary Bennett 2016
In The Making Photos…
The Finished Bench…
GPR Bench No2 2019
This was the second GPR Bench that was created by Gary Bennett. Inspired by a rare extra thick slab of jarrah for the seat, the beautiful organic shapes make it an inviting artistic piece of furniture to take a seat on.
GPR Bench No3 2020
The latest GPR Bench Seat to join the gallery in December 2020 until it finds the perfect lifetime home.