In 2016, I'll be making benches. One of the first carpentry projects I ever made was a small bench that my grandfather and I made for the back porch of his house in Lewisburg, WV. It was made of a single pine board not more than six feet in length and we built it in less than an hour. My grandfather was probably just trying to keep me busy on a hot summer afternoon and I didn't think much of it at the time, but I've always been drawn to the form and I think that first bench has something to do with this. I also like benches because they invite communal seating and when you share a seat with someone a conversation is sure to start.
Each month, I'll make a different bench. There are no rules per se, but I'll try to work with a traditional form and use materials that I have on hand in the shop. At the end of the year, I plan to auction off the benches to raise money for a local organization (as yet to be determined).