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DiResta: Split log Benches

In each bi-monthly episode of DiResta, artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty Money, Hammered, Against the Grain, Trash for Cash) lets us into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy. On this episode of DiResta, Jimmy goes lumberjack and makes a rustic bench out of a hefty log he felled in the woods. I like how he uses the chainsaw blade as a rough measuring device and a finishing tool.–Stett Holbrook



Tree limbs and log

A few screws


Chain saw



Screw gun

Jimmy’s notes:

Up at the country house there is often a need for a quick bench. Here you see me go out the woods to find a piece of tree I can turn into a pair of benches. I looked for a tree that was damaged or dying. The tree in the video was prefect because I was able to cut the trunk in half before I cut it free. The benches double as steps to get in and out of the hot tub.


Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.

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