Make a Bent Willow Chair

June 13-14, 2020

Schedule: Saturday-Sunday, 9am-4pm

Instructor: Jim Arendt

Registration Deadline: June 1

SOLD OUT

Description

Bring a bit of nature into your home with a bent willow chair. Jim, the willow whisperer, will bring plenty of green willow and lead you through the process of making a rustic bent willow chair using only hand tools. At the end of the workshop you will have a beautiful, handcrafted piece of furniture to take home. (Be sure you have room to carry it in your vehicle.) You’ll enjoy every minute of this two-day class as you learn about working with willow from one of the Midwest’s finest rustic furniture makers. This class is for everyone — no experience required, although some hand and arm strength is needed.

Level Novice and above

Class Size 6

Instructor Jim Arendt

Student Supply List
Please bring a 21″ bow saw (small teeth) if you have one, pruners (large and small), utility knife, tape measure, hammer. If you’re sensitive to loud noises, bring along ear plugs, too.

  • Tuition $275

Instructor

Photo of Jim Arendt

Jim Arendt

Jim Arendt retired from a long career as a teacher and YMCA director. "I became interested in willow furniture watching John Schakel, the Master Willow Bender, give a demonstration at Woodlanders many years ago. Shortly after that I registered for Shake Rag Alley's bent willow chair class with John. As fate would have it, I was John's only student and through that class we developed a lasting friendship.…Read More

Jim Arendt retired from a long career as a teacher and YMCA director. “I became interested in willow furniture watching John Schakel, the Master Willow Bender, give a demonstration at Woodlanders many years ago. Shortly after that I registered for Shake Rag Alley’s bent willow chair class with John. As fate would have it, I was John’s only student and through that class we developed a lasting friendship. Over the years I have helped John gather the willow needed for a class and have assisted him. I have built many chairs on my own, but some of my most cherished undertakings are the three youth willow chairs I have made for my three grandchildren. I was deeply honored when Shake Rag Alley contacted me to teach the Make a Bent Willow Chair class. I am looking forward to working with everyone in lovely Mineral Point.”

Workshops

Make a Bent Willow Chair

Make a Bent Willow Table

Rustic Bathroom Ensemble

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Registration Policies & Waiting Lists

Class Confirmation
You will receive a registration confirmation via email. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a snail-mail confirmation.

Please read your class confirmation carefully as it may include a supply list and other important details.

Materials Fees
Many classes have materials fees in addition to the tuition. These are identified in the class listing and are usually paid with the tuition payment, however in some cases materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at class time (check the class listing).

Cancellation Policy
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:

Student cancellations

> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging through Dec. 31 of the following year and is transferable.

> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.

> Cancellation requests must be made by calling our office at (608) 987-3292.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with your class, please refer to our lodging page for the lodging cancellation policy.

Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley

> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund.

> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.

Waiting Lists

If a workshop you are interested in is sold out, please fill out this waiting list form. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. The class code requested on the form is the Workshop ID shown at left, beneath the Add to Cart button.

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