Half Moon Bench Makes it’s Debut at Ember Restaurant

I delivered two of my new Half Moon benches to Ember Restaurant today. This new bench design is not officially for sale yet but chef/owner, Brian Collins, saw my prototype in the works and ordered a few for the foyer at Ember (which by the way is the best new restaurant on the central coast of California!).IMG_4161The bench top is reclaimed douglas fir. The base is welded steel.

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Here is a video showing the concept and design of the Half Moon bench (below).

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Chair Progress

It’s hard to believe it’s been 4 months since I started mocking up this chair (original posting here)! Somehow the paying jobs always seem to take precedence over the fun stuff. Nevertheless, the chair made its way back to the work bench today. I finished mocking up the steel legs and wooden seat and back.

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See the original mockup here.

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Modern Rustic Kitchen in Arroyo Grande, CA

Modern lines and design + rustic (reclaimed) wood = modern rustic. This is a kitchen I recently built for a home in Arroyo Grande, CA.

Built from reclaimed french oak. The island top was made from reclaimed barrel oak (from a 1000 gallon barrel). Photo credit: Shannon Riddering.  Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 9.37.48 PM

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Member’s lounge coffee table at the new Brecon Estate winery in Paso Robles, CA. I built a number of pieces for the winery from one of their old 3100 gallon oak wine barrels. To see more of the project click here.20140408-215050.jpg

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For the Misses

My wife and I finished building our new bed (finally!). It’s been a long process of weekend and evening work. IMG_3413

Funny thing is, this piece was inspired by a murder scene! We occasionally watch a sitcom called “Castle”. When this murder scene (below) came on the screen Shannon paused the show, turned to me and said, “I want that bed!” She made a screenshot of the scene, which we used for our inspiration, and we began working on it. photo

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Help Name this New Bench

I have been working on this bench prototype, but struggling with what to call it. Any ideas?  Check out the name recommendations so far on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/benridderingdesignandwoodcraft Join the discussion there or leave your comments here! Thanks for your help! IMG_3305