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John and Marcia Whitt
John Whitt is a self-taught rustic furniture designer/creator from Missouri, and has been creating pieces from magazine racks to canopy beds since 1982. By consulting experts in kiln drying and wood finishing, he has brought modern technology into his construction techniques.
Marcia is a functional and contemporary basket maker. She has been making baskets since 1981 in her Bent Tree Basket studio on the family farm in northwest Missouri. She enjoys incorporating locally-found natural materials into each piece. She also works in wood media.
John and Marcia collaborate on some items, and walking sticks is one of them. John harvests and dries the willow, Marcia does the stripping, and both enjoy designing and wood burning the walking sticks.