The bright red tribute bench overlooks Henderson Elementary’s playground. This bench was created in memory of a former student who had made an impact on the faculty and students alike. Cayde’s life may have been cut short but she had way of sprinkling glitter and happiness wherever she went.
Contact us at (385) 225-4644 to begin the process of obtaining or donating a tribute bench for a friend, family member, or loved one.
Cayde’s Tribute Benches Story
Eleven year old Cayde was a double-lung transplant recipient and poster child for Donate Life America. Cayde passed away from a heart condition in 2018. Her family donated a tribute bench to her former elementary school for commemoration. Similar “Love Cayde” Benches are being donated to Ronald McDonald Houses around the United States.
You can read more about Caydence Brannaman’s story here. Please note that Superior Laser Cutting is a Smith Steelworks company.
Step 1: Send Bench Ideas
To start the tribute benches, email your ideas. For Cayde’s Bench, her family wanted to include her signature, portrait, butterflies, and some of her favorite sayings. The family also provided a sketch of the bench to show placement of the designs.
Not sure where to start? Click here to view our past memorial benches for inspiration.
Step 3: Bench Is Manufactured
Lastly, the bench is laser cut, welded, sandblasted, primed, and powder coated. Powder coat is available in a variety of bright colors to accentuate any tribute bench. You can view all colors here.
Tough Designed Tribute Benches
Our tribute benches are designed to be long-lasting in all outdoor conditions.
A three-step process is applied to the metal bench. This includes sandblasting, which removes old paint, rust, and other impurities. It also gives the metal a profiled surface similar to sanding. Epoxy primer is then applied to the bench. It is 1/10th the size of powder coat and seeps deep into the metal surface. An electrostatic spray gun is then used to powder coat the bench. It is then cured at 400 degrees. The finished bench will be smooth to the touch and resistant to chips, scratches, scuffs, and sun fade.
Whether the tribute bench is powder coated classic black or brilliant blue, the color will stay bright overtime. Powder coat is resistant to sun fade and does not leave a chalky residue.
At Smith Steelworks, our memorial benches are made to last. Each bench is cut from durable steel that is bent into shape. This process reduces the need for as many welds; creating fewer points of weakness.
Call (385) 225-4644 today to begin the memorial bench process.