Quitslund's eye-catching benches are catching on


August 18, 2022

Photo courtesy of Nance Zaic

Local craftsman Josef Quitslund with his stainless steel custom bench recently installed outside Sing Lee Alley Books and Gifts.

The popular custom benches began years ago, when Karen Hofstad and Sue Paulson approached Josef Quitslund with the idea of creating something that could be at the center of Cannery Park. The women both had an interest in establishing the space to showcase the local history of the town and pay tribute to their loved ones that had a hand in that history, Quitslund says.

"A memorial bench is a nice way to honor someone's memory," he says. "It's a place for the ones left behind to reflect and other people to live their life and enjoy the moment on."

In this case, the loved ones would be Oliver...

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