I have always found wooden benches around trees very practical and that is because they seem to be able to hide the things beneath them, so you can store under them whatever you want to. However, benches or tables that are specially made for outdoors are a bit different. They must also be long enough to stay under the tree and also to be sturdy enough to support all the weight of a person. I prefer the simplicity of wooden benches because they are so easy to clean and maintain and because the wood is protected by the bark. But there is something special about the way a bench sits within the tree’s growth, like it is an extension of the tree and you can see it as a carved design showing the diameter and the height of the tree it serves as. Check out this nice bench made by the guys from Top Wood Designs.