A drive for precision.

 

My usual workshop inhabitants include me, the Buddha and my dog, Skye. It's been a longtime dream to work with my hands in a small shop all my own, and two years ago I set about to converting the garage on our farm into a woodworking facility. Now I build benches. A thousand benches, to be exact.

 
 

Why 1000 Benches

I was touched by the story of Sadako Sasaki.  She was the Japanese girl who died in 1955, at age 12, from leukemia caused by a significant dose of radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.  Sadako lived a bit more than a mile away from Ground Zero.  While in hospital, she learned of the Japanese folk story that anyone who folded 1,000 paper cranes would be grated a wish.  Sadako began folding cranes.  One version of her story claims that she reached only 644 before dying.  In fact, she did reach 1,000 cranes, and continued making them thereafter.

Sadako became a symbol of the consequences of nuclear war and a statue to her can be found in Hiroshima Peace Park.  Her act of creation caused me to wonder whether I couldn't do something to help people.  I had the idea of making 1,000 benches to honour her story, and to create something simple, useful and beneficial - an instrument of stillness, clarity and peace.  I set out to create 1,000 wooden meditation benches.


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