Willow Furniture
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 couple making a bent willow bench together

Bent Willow Furniture

Bim Willow, Bent Willow Artisan and Author

Select a Project:
Bent Willow Chair
Saturday, August 22, 2020 1-6 p.m.

Willow Birdhouse Bench
Select a session
Saturday, August 22, 9 a.m.-noon
Sunday, August 23, 9 a.m.-noon

Level
All levels, especially beginners!

Supplies
ALL WILLOW SUPPLIES INCLUDED!
See below for basic tools to bring from home.

Bim Willow is coming back to the Arboretum in a tricked-out bus full of willow and you will not want to miss it! You will build your own beautiful bent willow chair or birdhouse bench to take home within a matter of a few hours--really! Bent willow furniture was an early American craft that is making a strong comeback.

  • Get step-by-step guidance
  • Learn how to hammer, bend, create and finish your piece
  • In addition to the class, you'll enjoy a guided tour of the willow sculpture by Patrick Dougherty- You Betcha

You will head home with your completed chair or bench, finishing oil, and a fine sense of accomplishment! Bim's books will also be available for sale.

How it works
Bim and his assistants will rotate through all participants to provide one-on-one attention as you complete each step. The amount of time to complete a project varies based on the student; the time listed is an estimate.

Bring from Home

  • Hammer
  • Pruning shears
  • Vehicle large enough to carry your finished project home
  • (rental vehicles available by the hour at Home Depot & Menards)
  • Loppers (suggested, optional)
  • Wire cutters (suggested, optional)
  • Water bottle (suggested, optional)
  • Bag lunch/snacks (optional)

Registration Deadline
All registrations must be received no later than Monday, August 10 at 3pm in order for Bim to harvest the required willow materials for your project.





Bim Willow Furniture: Make a Bent Willow Chair

register

Saturday, August 22
1-6 p.m.

$299 member/$319 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Couples price! $320 member couple/$340 non-member couple, for couples working together on the same project.

Limit 10, Picnic Shelter - A

  birdhouse bench, photo by Laura Vogel
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Bim Willow Furniture: Make a Willow Birdhouse Bench

register

Saturday, August 22
9 a.m.-noon
$150 member/$170 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Couples price! $171 member couple/$191 non-member couple, for couples working together on the same project.
Limit 20, Picnic Shelter - A

register Sunday, August 23
9 a.m.-noon
$150 member/$170 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Couples price! $171 member couple/$191 non-member couple, for couples working together on the same project.
Limit 20, Picnic Shelter - A


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