The toys are done. Another successful sale with happy buyers and happy sellers, so onward with the next auction. I always say that here at Pook and Pook Auction it’s like the tide of antiques. It all rolls in – we find it new homes and it all rolls out. Oh wait, here comes the next wave! Our August 29th and 30th sale is filled to the brim! Over 1500 lots to be sold through Bidsquare.com means that there is indeed something for everyone. Like always, I have a sea of items to choose from and, like always, it’s a tough task to narrow down to one thing. I picked lot #3871 the faux bois garden bench. I love this bench and for some reason I really like saying faux bois. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, it comes from the French and translates to “fake wood”. This bench was made by a Texas artisan who has mastered this technique. Carlos Cortez has set up shop in San Antonio Texas and has many public art projects throughout the world which includes the Riverwalk extension river grotto, Arnold Palmer golf course at La Cantera, and the San Antonio Children’s Museum, just to name a few. In fact, he was featured in an article for Martha Stewart Living magazine where she discusses the process and how she had several tables and benches commissioned for her Maine home. This natural looking bench is a terrific find and would certainly be a conversation piece for your garden. It even comes with a built-in theft deterrent – it’s 75” long and it’s extremely heavy! So, if you buy it, bring a truck and some friends to help load it!