As always, the bundles of willow, harvested and prepared by Ken and Michelle Workowski, awaited each student in the weekend Bent Willow Chair class. It’s only a matter of time before the studio is filled with the sound of power drills and within a couple hours the bases of the chairs are put together.
The chairs really take shape when the willow bending begins, creating the seat, back and arms. Although the chairs follow the same format, each has it’s own distinct character.
This class had two students with the “fastest finish”, completing their chairs by dinnertime on Saturday. It’s been a tradition to order in a few pizzas that night and eat some, work some and converse some. Guess they did only two out of three! The next morning, it was nothing but finished chairs in the studio.
Ken and Michelle graciously share their design, teaching qualities and assistance so that each student can say, “I made this chair”! For many years Ken and Michelle have brought nature’s beauty into their own work You can see some examples on their Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/natureofthingsonline/
In just one day, amidst the continuing beauty of autumn here on Washington Island, we will finish our last class of the 2018 season, Rag Rug Weaving. Soon after we’ll be planning our class schedule for 2019!