Rustic Furniture: Bent Willow Chairmaking

June 14 - June 18, 2024

Rustic Furniture: Bent Willow Chairmaking


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $770
Material Fee: $120

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the wonders of bent willow furniture using an available and sustainable material to build a domestic furniture piece. You will learn about harvesting willow, the building qualities of willow and be guided in willow construction methods. Class time will be divided between demos and hands-on furniture making. No experience needed.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


Registration for this workshop has been closed.


Walter Shaw

Walter Shaw, furniture maker, is sole proprietor of Wapiti Willow Studio. As a summer resident of Helena, Montana, he runs a thriving green business constructing durable rustic furniture from locally harvested willow. His repertoire ranges from settees to sofas to rockers to dining sets. Additionally, Walter Shaw has had a 30+ year teaching career as a Spanish professor of Latin American Literature and Spanish language with a BA from Berea College, MA from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work is purchased by both resorts and individuals looking for authentic Montana made furniture.

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