The Corn Bed

A rejuvenating full-body experience

As a kid growing up in New Mexico, I loved visiting the State Fair every year. My favorite attraction was the giant box of dried corn kernels in a quiet corner of the agricultural building, beside the prizing-winning fruits and vegetables. Everyone was welcome to climb into the box and roll around in the corn to their heart's content. It was the full-body equivalent of dipping your hands into the bulk beans at the grocery store.

Lying in corn is profoundly relaxing and energizing. As the corn shifts to form a mold around your body, it creates a sensation of weightlessness. It's like floating in water without the latent fear of drowning.

Even as a young adult, I would relax among the kernels as little children played all around me with toy dump trucks, shovels, and buckets. I vowed to one day make myself a personal corn bed, and in 2010 I finally got around to doing it.

Simple Joinery without Hardware
Simple Joinery without Hardware

Long enough to lie down in.
Long enough to lie down in.

Ahhhh
Ahhhh

Love that corn bed
Love that corn bed

350 pounds of corn
350 pounds of corn

The Cornbed Suite
The Cornbed Suite

Side View
Side View

Joinery Detail
Joinery Detail

How many kernels? Seven bushels at 80,000 kernels each would be about half a million.
How many kernels? Seven bushels at 80,000 kernels each would be about half a million.

I decided to move to Paris, so I gave away the corn on Craiglist
I decided to move to Paris, so I gave away the corn on Craiglist
Amélie's fingers in the grain
Amélie knows what I'm talking about