Outdoor Furniture Shopping in Saugerties: Stone Back Benches and Sculptures

At his Saugerties workshop, Jesse Reimer recycles natural and man-made objects into ornaments for your garden



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The benches are a handsome marriage of substantial natural materials, but Reimer’s inventive recycling gene really gets going with the fanciful gates, garden fences and sculptures that he makes out of scrap metal. “Since I started doing it, it’s become such an excitement for me when I go to the landfill,” Reimer says, surveying the shelves in his workshop, laden with old tractor seats, bolts, tools, chains and other rusty man-made doodads. “I’ve become a collector of them for themselves. Some of the pieces are so perfect just as they are, I have a hard time welding them into something.”

stone back benches dog sculptureA steel dog sculpture, designed by Reimer

Most whimsical of all are the small lizards, snakes and fantastic creatures Reimer creates out of found metal objects. “The creatures mate really nicely with some of the pieces of furniture,” he remarks. “Some of the logs have crevices that are deep enough that one of the creatures will fit right inside. Or we mount one of the lizards on the seat, with their heads peeping over the top, so when you’re sitting there you can look to your left and have a little company.”

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