Sunday, May 8, 2011

More on Stone Benches

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So I have talked about stone benches on a number of occasions, and now I am going to talk about them some more.
I just had a lady asking me for more information on some of my stone benches, and while compiling the information for her I thought, why not kill two birds with one stone and write a blog post about it.
So here it is!

Stone Benches.
Enrich your garden with one of Stone Arts trademark stone benches.  Each one of these immensely popular benches is completely unique and can create a completely new feel to any area of your garden. As they are built to look natural, the design of each bench is largely dictated by the style and shape of the stone used, as well as the location of the seat.
Each bench has been carefully constructed so that they are not only pleasing to look at, but are also comfortable to sit in.
Stone benches not only make great garden features, but they can also make beautifully unique memorials that can be appreciated for generations. They can also be engraved with any text or symbols on request.
Ireland has a rich history of stone seats throughout its history, click here if you would like to know more about Ireland's ancient stone chairs.
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Here is some more information on a few of the benches I have made to-date.

The Weedle Bench, Co. Kildare.

This stone seating area was built using quarried sandstone. It roughly measures 2.8 meters deep by 2.4 meters wide. It will comfortably seat 8+ people. Both the risers and the fill between the back rests are dry stacked stone.
The Weedle Bench

The Weedle Bench

Back Rest Detail, The Weedle Bench
The Weedle Bench
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  O' Donovans Seat, Co. Cork

This seat was built as part of a adults chill-out area. A place for the adults to escape the family and quietly sit in their own space, taking in the spectacular views over Bantry Bay, to the sound of the water feature beside them.
This seat was built from Kerry Limestone, rich in quartz. It comfortably seats two persons, complete with rustic arm-rests to rest your glass of wine on.
O' Donovans Seat

O' Donovans Seat

As the planting matures, the seating area will become hidden from the house, to become a little hidden treasure to be discovered.

O' Donovans Seat
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Hagal's Bench, Co. Cork

This bench also seats two people. It was built from local field stone. The bench is on a slight gradient and snakes along the garden, bringing shape into the garden. It has been positioned to get full benefit of the sun as well as the stunning views over the valley and distant sea.

Hagal's Bench

Hagal's Bench
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O' Sullivans Bench (Salmons Rest) Co. Cork

This seating area was built along a salmon fishing river over looking Carriganass Castle. The owner wanted a quite spot to sit and have his morning cup of coffee. It was also a spot where he could fish from, the quiet pool of water where the benches are located sits just above a waterfall, the salmon come and rest in the pool after climbing the waterfall (giving it its other name 'Salmon's rest seating area')

O' Sullivans Bench
 This seating area is made up of two stone benches opposite each other. They are about 2.4 meters in length and will seat three people each. Being built from stone these benches can also withstand the fury of the river during the winter rains (and summer rains)

O' Sullivans Bench

O' Sullivans Bench

O' Sullivans Bench
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The Butterfly Bench, Co. Cork

This bench was built into an old garden ditch where the ditch had partially come away, rather than simply rebuilding the ditch, I recycled some of the stones to build this bench. The back was build from a piece of local quarried stone I butterflied to make a symmetrical back. This is also a two seater bench.





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15 comments:

  1. adore the way they blend into the landscape

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  2. How the other half live. How we wish we could!!! A sculptural part of the landscape, seems a pity to blur the effect by adding people ;~)

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  3. These are amazing benches. I love the stone work. Very fine. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Wow! Those are prettier than the landscape around them.

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  5. Beautiful. You must be proud to be able to create things which are functional, peaceful yet good to look at and seemingly part of the landscape.

    Esther

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  6. what incredible artwork...I agree it is a shame to have people sit on them...my husband is wanting one of these but we are not fortunate enough to live in Ireland...

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  7. Well I would love to sit in them a while! Are they constructed in a dry stone wall way, or do you fix the larger slabs?

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  8. PS: Sorry just found Stone Seats, the Building Process. Thanks!

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  9. These are gorgeous! I love your work. I can see it working so well in my tropical garden.

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  10. You are so incredibly creative and your benches are amazing. Thanks for showing photos.

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  11. Drop Dead Gorgeous Craftsmanship and Design.
    So incredibly awe inspiring.

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  12. Once again, you've seamlessly combined form and function while blending them with their environment. Congratulations! Lovely lovely work.

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  13. Sunny, It’s another wonderful rainy Spring day, so I’m taking time to look over the Blogs I follow. Wanted to see what you have been up to. Check over a number of your recent postings and I have to tell you it was a delight to see the wonderful photos of your area of the world. You are lucky to live in such a beautiful place. I think most Americans would agree with that. The benches in this posting are great. Again, they give me ideas. Thanks. I'll be checking in again soon. Jack

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  14. Those are great. Much more elaborate than any benches I've built. I especially like that last one with the two verticals and sited to look over the pond.

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