I built the bench in this picture last year. Designing and making a new piece is always an emotion-filled process for me, but this bench was a completely different experience. Silas Bennett was a journalism student at Keene State College; he was heading into his final year when he was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer. Last spring, around the time when Silas would have graduated, the
I love this photograph. My friend, Emily Hague, took the picture. That, in the background, is the building that houses my studio/workshop. Itís a big, ugly old structure that was built in the late 1920′s on the foundations of an even older building that had burned down. Itís got 12-inch-thick solid concrete walls, lots of large windows with steel factory sash, and 11-foot-high ceilings.