Garden bench

Carpenter Trip Renn was hired by a client to build two curved garden benches, 12- and eight-feet long, using ipé, an African hardwood. Bending the dense hardwood required more than 20 clamps, with dozens of screws to join together the multiple pieces.


Fine Homebuilding

Creative Director:
Bob Goodfellow



Fine Homebuilding tasked me with the creation of a three-dimensional, exploded-view illustration to show the unique bench construction and assembly. Key parts of the bench were rendered photo-realistically in Photoshop while secondary elements were drawn in Illustrator. Plan drawings were also created in Illustrator and a third element, a cutaway view showing how the bench is anchored to the patio, was illustrated in Photoshop.

Skills Involved


  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Carrara 3D Pro

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