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Willow - yesterday's furniture today



John is a self-taught willow furniture designer/maker. In 1982 he was encouraged by his wife, Marcia, to try his hand at making a bent willow chair for the family patio. Since that first chair, his love and enthusiasm for creating this "natural" form of furniture has never stopped growing.

Making the furniture functional and lasting, as well as balanced and symmetrical, has always been an important aspect of his craftsmanship. By consulting experts in forestry and studying subjects such as kiln drying and wood finishing, he has brought modern technology into his construction techniques, which gives each piece a showroom-like appearance and feel.

John's Bent Tree collection ranges from simple magazine racks to magnificent king-size canopy beds. Noted celebrities Eddie Murphy, George Lucas, Neil Diamond, Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue own several of his works.

Every piece is made from select-cut north Missouri willow that is harvested in a way that encourages regrowth and is environmentally friendly.

John thanks the Lord for the talent, skill, and opportunities that have been given to him to be able to enjoy-- as well as make a living-- at something he loves to do.

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