Now that the students in the Bent Willow Chair class are home, we trust they are all sitting back, enjoying the view from their new chairs and feeling the satisfaction of building them by hand, with the help of instructors, Ken and Michelle Workowski.
From the prepared willow, ready-to-go, it’s only a matter of a few hours before the chair’s sturdy frame is complete. The next day is spent bending and shaping, bending and shaping until you have the right fit.
Ken has been teaching this class at Sievers with Michelle, together as a team, since 2005. The year prior, he had assisted then-instructor Rich Prange in our Bent Willow chair class. That’s a total of about 175 chairs made by students through the years imprinted with Ken and Michelle’s expertise, encouragement and helping hands.
These chairs can fit inside a van, SUV, on a trailer or in the back of a pickup truck. On the way to the ferry dock and their homes, they might have been riding by some of these early fall colors and Island scenes.
We like to think a little of the essence of Washington Island and Sievers is part of and goes home with each bent willow chair and every other piece of fiber art made by students in the studios!