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Wooden Garden Furniture

by
Martin Young of
Sitting
Spiritually


Where
to site new garden Furniture
 


When
I made my first garden
swing seat. I had  a specific
place in my garden in my minds eye. However the more I kept considering
the orientation of the Sun particularly at the time of year its used
most the more I kept changing my mind. I did in fact move it
four times until I found a place that both looked and felt right. So my
advice is to create the place to make permanent any garden furniture
after you`ve purchased and tried it out there.


Colours
for corners
 

Now
you may not fully embrace the culture of Feng Shui and may be
a little skeptical as I was, but have you noticed how certain colours
seem to work in certain places?

So
as a rule of thumb

North
Natural wood, blue, grey, green

North
east –
Grey, silver, terracotta and yellow

East
Green, blue, yellow and natural wood

South
east –
Green, blue, natural wood 

South
Red, green, natural wood 

South
west –
Yellow, terracotta,silver and grey

West
Silver, grey, white, terracotta and yellow

North
west –
Silver, grey and white 

In
my own garden I`ve tried to apply these rules to both furniture and
plants. Try it, it works.


Maintaining
the colour of furniture
 

You
may be happy with the faded effect of your hardwood furniture but they
will benefit from a springtime rub down and application of teak or a
propriety garden furniture oil.

Pine
furniture can look great in Cuprinol garden shades and you could even go
as far as maybe considering the above colour wheel .

Red
in the South I hear  you cry, try it you could be surprised.

Oak
and chestnut look great with a recoating of Raw (Not Boiled) linseed oil
diluted 50/50 with proper turpentine.

You
may have some of the cast iron and timber furniture, here try Hammerite
spray on the metal and Cuprinol garden shades on the wood looks great.


Buying
new furniture

Please
do your bit for the environment and
please think long and hard about the origins of some of the hardwoods
used or at least look for plantation grown.

wooden swingseat


Finding
time to sit 

I`m
one of these silly people that get up ridiculously early in the morning
and I`ve sited a swing seat that catches the first rays of the summer
morning sun. Just to sit, to think and visualise the day unfolding makes
it seem to feel better and you won’t be surprised to learn that I have
one in the east which catches the last rays just to relax and consider
the day.


Do
try to find some time to just sit.

After
many years in senior management Martin Young has returned to where his
career started – as a carpenter and joiner. And with a RHS Certificate
in Horticulture, he decided to combine his passion for gardens and wood.
At his rural workshop near Lyme Regis in Dorset, Martin designs and
builds unique garden swing seats to an exceptionally high standard.


 

 

 

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