Driftwood Furniture: Practical Projects for Your Home and Garden

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From the beach to the backyard.

Driftwood is an ideal building material. It is abundant, renewable and (best of all) free. It is easy to work with, does not require complicated tools and the results are guaranteed to be unique since no two pieces of driftwood are the same.

Using driftwood adds to the rustic setting of any garden or patio. Because of the natural process that creates driftwood, it requires no finishes and it is naturally waterproof and bug-free. Author Derek Douglas shows how to construct beautiful and useful chairs, tables, benches, arbors, and decorative objects. Nineteen projects are featured that will appeal to novice and experienced woodworkers alike.

The book explains the entire process of creating a driftwood item from how to choose and store driftwood to design tips and the final construction. The necessary materials and tools are fully listed and most are found in the average toolbox.

Each clearly illustrated project in Driftwood Furniture is fully explained with valuable tips and practical advice. The results are fun, whimsical and durable.

Projects include:

  • Adirondack chair
  • Sleigh planter
  • Boat planter
  • 3-legged and 4-legged chair
  • Tricycle planter
  • Hanging flower pot holder
  • Hooded chair

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5 years ago, at the age of 65, when most people settle down to armchair activities and start deciding where their bones will be laid to rest or their ashes sprinkled, I discovered driftwood.

My venture into creating garden furniture and sculptures began on the shores of Lake Huron. I found an abundance of beautiful driftwood, shaped in all configurations that immediately stirred my imagination.

I have always been interested in art and have indulged in painting, sculpting, woodworking, marquetry, drawing etc., with some degree of success. However, now, with this new discovery of a latent talent in me to transform driftwood into pieces that everyone finds attractive, I am experiencing an excitement level that I have never quite reached with all my previous endeavours.

Many people, when looking and admiring some of my creations would try to convince me to sell the pieces and they kept saying "I wouldn't know where to start."

Voila! The idea was born to maybe write a book and tell them how to start and finish all my projects. I carefully selected pieces that rated from very simple to more challenging and wrote some "How To" chapters. Digital pictures were taken during each stage in a lovely setting on the banks of the Maitland River in Goderich and then I presented them to Firefly Books.

Two and a half years later my book became a reality and here I am in an adventure beyond words.

Derek Douglas

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Derek Douglas builds driftwood furniture and regularly wins driftwood art competitions.

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