This bench was built from two beautifully figured pieces of California Coastal Walnut.  I felt very fortunate to be able to use them.  The base is built with four hand-cut mortise and tenon, and the two back boards are supported by a pair of three inch high butterflies.  Take note of the parabolic curves carved on the front and back legs.  These curves are reminiscent of my previous design for the "spider table" seen below, and is becoming a signature aesthetic of mine, as are the tapered legs.