Last weekend my dad, Pete Havekost, and by brother Ken brought me a wonderful present – one of my father’s custom-made concrete benches. They traveled all the way from Bellingham, WA to bring me my bench, which is made in three pieces. Then they put the bench together with bolts and put into place. I took a few photos so you could see them in action:
Now I need to use some imagination with my landscaping so the bench will have the setting it deserves.
Pete made several benches for a new park in Bellingham, and he’s now working on some benches for a local cemetery (they will have the word “Peace” on the bench top). He also makes benches with figures instead of words, like the horse bench below.
I’ve been nagging my dad to write a book to show people how to make their own custom-designed concrete garden benches, and he’s finally agreed to do it. He and his wife, Dianne, have already taken almost 100 photos showing how the mold is made, how to put the designs into the mold correctly, and how to pour the top.
He has delivered benches that he made as far as Tacoma, but they’re so heavy that shipping them on a commercial carrier would be insanely expensive. That’s why he thinks everyone should make their own. As soon as his book is finished, people will be able to…
I’m still working on my Halloween mask. I got a little carried away, as usual, so it’s taking a bit longer than I thought it would. The only thing left to do is painting it, so I should have a new tutorial up tomorrow, if it turns out OK.