Re: Anybody want to buy/save this old bench?
At the last Toronto wood show that was held in conjunction with the cottage show there was a person selling benches similar to above that had been refinished. They were being sold as pieces for decorating as someone else mentioned. I do not recall the prices but at the time thought they were quite high and he had at least a half dozen of them. There are people that have money to spend on these pieces and it is "what the market will bear" business.
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