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Rustic Bentwood Furniture
- Bentwood is a term used to describe furniture made by steaming wood, bending it, and letting it harden into curved shapes and patterns, and is most often used in the production of rocking chairs, cafe chairs, and other light furniture.
- Highly curved furniture of wood bent through the use of steam and pressure. Used by Samuel Gragg of Boston but later popularized by Michael Thonet (1796-1871) in Austria-Hungary. Made in large quantities in America.
- countrified: characteristic of rural life; "countrified clothes"; "rustic awkwardness"
- bumpkinly: awkwardly simple and provincial; "bumpkinly country boys"; "rustic farmers"; "a hick town"; "the nightlife of Montmartre awed the unsophisticated tourists"
- Having a simplicity and charm that is considered typical of the countryside
- Lacking the sophistication of the city; backward and provincial
- an unsophisticated country person
- Constructed or made in a plain and simple fashion, in particular
How to Build Your Own Bentwood Chair: A Guide to Building and Selling Rustic Furniture
How to Build Your Own Bentwood Chair is an introductory guide for those who want to master the art of rustic furniture making and learn how to sell their creations, either as a hobby or full time business. This book covers environmentally safe ways to collect material, economical ways to collect tools, and simple methods to set up a workshop. It gives detailed instructions with images for building a bentwood chair as well as general tips that are helpful for any rustic furniture project, including finishes and maintenance.
The skills learned from this book can be applied to many rustic furniture projects, whether it be chairs, love seats, plant stands, benches, arbors, garden furniture, beds, or household furniture.
How to Build Your Own Bentwood Chair has two chapters dedicated to those who may want to earn part or full-time income through their new-found skills.
Wallace Eadie is married and has three grown children. He worked for several years as a Probation Officer in Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada. During that time, he began building rustic furniture as a hobby, which developed into a part-time, and eventually a full-time business with his son, Jordan. He now has 16 years experience building bentwood and log furniture including giving instructional classes. His furniture can be found in ski resorts, hotels, bed and breakfast establishments, and private homes across western Canada.
Viola! or as the French say
Here you can see the shavings made
by the tenon cutter
and the tenon made on the end
of the branch as the instructor
checks the progress
Bent Willow Bench
the lady who made
the woven basket earlier
is working on her
bent willow garden bench
rustic bentwood furniture
Using natural materials and borrowing shapes from nature as well, bentwood is a perfect accent for gardens and yards. With simple step-by-step directions from Jim Long, you will learn to collect limbs from a wide variety of native trees as a part of pruning and then use those limbs to make beautiful, sturdy, bentwood projects. Featured are dozens of charming design ideas to suit any landscape, plus simple installation techniques.
Long has written a friendly, conversational book about bentwood garden accessories, some fantastic, others prosaic or elegantly simple. In nine main chapters, he covers selecting wood, making a basic trellis, more elaborate and decorative trellis designs, bentwood gates, bentwood fences, arbors, and trellises made without bentwood. He discusses the selection of plants for your structures, and finally, adds a chapter on simply enjoying your bentwood structures, even going so far as to include a few yummy recipes for muffins, teas, and shortbread to savor in your newly created garden environment!
The techniques outlined by Long can be easily adapted to your own individual designs and creative ideas. As Bertha Reppert, the founder of the Rosemary House, says, "I shall never look at plant prunings the same way again." Bentwood garden structures offer a natural, eye-pleasing alternative to plastics and mass-manufactured garden installations, making use of the garden itself to generate construction materials that might otherwise end up burned or in a landfill. --Mark A. Hetts
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