Last post we talked about a live edge antique table found at Anthony’s Fine Art and Antiques in Salt Lake City, UT. Today, we have another interesting little treasure found during that trip.

This late 19th century workbench was tucked in the store’s basement, with a large, blown glass wine bottle, French, c.1885 sitting on top.


Well over 100 years ago, someone took the time to dress up their workbench by cutting some curves and decorations on the leg vice and stretchers. It’s just a few subtle touches, but it makes all the difference.

This is sort of a nonsensical effort for a tool, a clamp, not a product for sale. Most customers never even see it; they are only concerned with what is made on top of the bench!

But today, over a century later, a quick cruise through the internet shows some things never change. It is easy to find benches that use expensive figured woods as opposed to more economical options or beautiful and time-consuming joints as opposed to simple and functional options.

You will likely spend lots of hours working on, and then at, your bench. It seems only natural to make it both functional and at least a little bit beautiful. This holds true for many of us, whether hobbyist or professional, building today or a few centuries ago.

At Horizon, we understand the value of keeping your workplace creative and beautiful, even if it might not make sense to some people. When we put up new buildings, George always insists on a few artistic touches to keep the property vibrant. We spend a lot of time at the mill, and we want to be proud of where we work.

Did we need to go through the effort to put up shosugiban siding on our new warehouse? Did we need to burn, clean, and seal each piece of siding? Yes. Yes, we did.

That said, you don’t need to get carried away, as we are sometime known to do. This antique bench shows something as simple as a few curves can do the trick. At the end of the day, it’s still a tool, and you have lots of projects to go!


Thinking of giving this old bench a new home?

This antique bench is just a few feet long, downright minuscule by today’s standards. However, antiques being antiques, the price is not. Anthony’s has similar French benches on their website for just under $3,000. Like we said before, Anthony’s was fit for a king and his royal wallet.

We definitely aren’t contesting the value of the bench, but in case that doesn’t match your budget… We’d be happy to sell you some ash, maple, beech, or oak. This is, after all, a business for us, too! 

Just take some time to honor tradition and add some personal touches. 


Sources and Links

 If you didn’t check it out after our last post, take a look at Anthony’s website for plenty more examples of art and history.

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