Arbors and outdoor furniture are a beautiful addition to any landscape design—being both functional and practical. Furnished gardens invite people to both walk and linger in your outdoor living space. Strategically placed items allow you to relax in the sunlight or in the cover of the shade.

Garden arbors and seating will add instant style and structure to your garden and definitely make the area more inviting. Adding a handmade rustic arbor will define a space and punctuate your garden with your personal style.

On a recent excursion to Maine we discovered artisan Bradley Weatherup of Rustic Woodcraft and brought back some of his one-of-a-kind arbors and benches. These are truly works of individual art and skill. Bradley has been creating arbors, gazebos, and outdoor furniture for more than 15 years.

His pieces enhance gardens, patios, decks, and landscapes and become a focal point of the surroundings. The structures and furniture are made from Eastern Red Cedar which has a natural longevity as well as an aesthetic appeal. The artist takes advantage of the natural shapes and irregularities of the wood to make his designs.

Although the pieces created by Rustic Woodcraft may have a consistent pattern, each piece is unique and designed around the characteristics of the particular Red Cedar logs Bradley has available. Red  Cedar is known for its strength and resistance to rot making your pieces withstand weather—from sun to rain to snow. The vibrant color of the sawn wood will weather to a warm gray over time.

Arbors and outdoor furniture are a beautiful addition to any landscape design. A vertical arbor garden is a structural sculpture bringing beauty to an entrance or sitting space. The dimension created from an outdoor structure will transform your outdoor living space and help create a lush and welcoming area.