Rustic looking bent willow chairs.
I think of them as being a product of the Great Depression, others think of them as being emblematic of gypsies. . . Regardless, they look like they would be fun to make!
Knowing how to make these willow chairs is one of those almost forgotten folk crafts of our past…. And today we’re talking about how to make one with Justin Roberts of Walk the Willow!
I’ve been curious about these chairs for years, but have never known anyone who could show me how to make one. Recently I was reminded of the craft when I passed a clump of larger willows (somewhat rare in my area), fortunately Justin was willing to come on the podcast and chat about the craft!
Kentucky Arts Council Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant — Looks like a phenomenal opportunity if you live in Kentucky!
@walkthewillow (Justin’s Instagram)
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
Making Gypsy Willow Furniture by Bim Willow
16d Twisted Decking Nail (this is an example, please source them at your local hardware store if you can. At 16d it is the size Justin said he used for the frame but he also used various smaller sizes as well)
Panel Nails (As mentioned above, please try to source from your local hardware store. I put this here so you could see an example of what you were looking for.)
Pictures were provided courtesy of Justin Roberts from Walk the Willow