Produced by Jon Binzen
Matthias Pliessnig’s first encounters with woodworking weren’t
encouraging. One of many first instances he used a tablesaw, he
skilled a kickback that knocked him down. The primary desk
he constructed was such a failure that he took it on a tenting journey
and used it for firewood. All of the constraints of the craft
round wooden motion and joinery appeared to go away no room for
truly having fun with the method of creating one thing.
Wanting on the bent-wood benches he’s been constructing over the
final decade, you’ll be able to clearly see that each one that has modified. The
pivot level for Pliessnig got here one summer time throughout grad faculty in
wonderful arts when he constructed a small ultralight boat: a Montfort
Traditional 12. To construct it, Pliessnig needed to study steambending.
As soon as the boat was within the water, Pliessnig started desirous about
constructing furnishings utilizing the identical approach.
Inside just a few weeks he’d constructed his first bench with steambent
ribs and stringers-using exactly the identical structural strategy
and bending strategies discovered in constructing the boat. Within the ten
years since, Pliessnig has constructed benches in retailers in Wisconsin,
Philadelphia, and Rhode Island, in addition to in Brooklyn, the place
he’s at the moment based mostly; the surroundings has modified, however the work
has remained constant-although he has steadily refined his
processes and produced one magnificent bench after one other, he
has stayed true to his preliminary inspiration, the ultralight
This audio slideshow presents a banquet of benches he’s constructed
within the final decade and describes lots of the steps within the
strategy of constructing them.