There is nothing like the look of willow furniture. Either in your home or one your deck, it carries a rustic quality that canít be matched. We traveled east of Salem to Gates to pay a visit to Brian and Sam Phillips from the Willow Station (503-897-7387). Brian has been working on willow furniture for over 30 years and he is a true craftsman when it comes to this great art form. When we were there, Brian worked while Sam told us all about the furniture and walked us through the steps for making our own piece. The Willow Station teaches classes and in the class you can make an entire piece all by yourself and take it home the same day.
Brian showed us how to make their signature ‘Oregon Garden Bench’. Each class starts with a good solid frame. Then we take the edge off the ends of the frame. We ‘blunt’ the points of the nails we use to keep them from splitting the wood when we put our bench together. Then we start assembling. The back and the ‘T’ are first, followed by the branches for the seat and then the armrests followed by the building of the back.
Once it is done we will cover it with a good coat of marine varnish. If you take the class you will sometimes have the choice of up to 5 different pieces of furniture you can build.
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