While watching the audience of friends and neighbors at our Farmily Apple Jamboree * last month, I decided to revive the Hayride bench I designed over four years ago.
Inspired by horse drawn coaches and nineteenth century agricultural joinery, I designed the Hayride to transform a standard straw bale into a comfortable settee for two. I made the original batch to live outside year round at the Copia Kids Garden in 2004, and have paid careful attention to how they weathered under daily public use. The new Hayride benefits from this real-world prototyping and I am proud to offer it for sale to the public under the deep brand.
The first batch of improved Hayrides was commissioned by my brother-in-law, Bill Martin, who is the mandolin player for The Wronglers, the headline act at our Apple Jamboree. Bill made a gift of Hayrides to Warren Hellman, the Wronglers’ banjo player and founder/sponsor of San Francisco’s annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. The benches will reside at Warren’s ranch in Bolinas, headquarters for the HSB festival and general locus for bluegrass and old-timey music.
*The ‘Farmily Apple Jamboree’ was the second annual outdoor concert on the Wowhaus compound. Celebrating the apple harvest by pressing cider and baking pies with friends and neighbors, we were entertained by the music of The Wronglers, Loretta Lynch, Oakey Rosette, Sister Exister and Bernie Jungle. Last year we celebrated the transformation of our chicken coup at The Great Chicken Coup Revival, and we are already making plans for next year’s Shindig at Pappy’s Shack!