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Project by dennis mitchell posted 2161 days ago 7822 views 5 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bent green Willow branches from our farm and pine branches salvaged from the forest floor make this chair. Most log furniture is pretty uncomfortable, but this is the nicest sitting chair I’ve made to date. I’m also surprised at how strong it is. The willows are just nailed on with paneling nails. Those gremlins would be the grand kids. The branches will dry to a purple color.
I found the book “Making Gypsy Willow Furniture” by Bim Willow to be a great help. The book is largely photos so those who learn visually, like me, will love it.





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Harold

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#1 posted 2161 days ago

Dennis, this is a wonderful chair, often times the rustic construction style becomes the main focus, but this chair is very beautiful, it is only after looking closer do you see the method of construction. Wonderful work my friend!!!!

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 2161 days ago

I second what Harold said. At first glance, all you see are the graceful curves of the willow branches. This is a really beautiful piece, Dennis.

Nice work on the gremlins, too. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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griff

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#3 posted 2161 days ago

Great looking chair , I have some small willows and I`ve been wanting to try some porch furniture

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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RusticElements

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#4 posted 2161 days ago

Nice design. Not the usual “rustic”. A very workable blend of modern and rustic.

You don’t look old enough to have grand kids.

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - RusticElementArt.com - SpaceAware.org - AnConn.com

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Diane

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#5 posted 2161 days ago

This is beautiful. It is a kind of a surprise too because I never saw anything like it. I wish I could sit in it and give it a try it looks comfy.

Diane

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 2161 days ago

Dennis you outdid yourself in two ways, you produced a beautiful chair with graceful lines and very special unusual designs, but also produced two of the most strikingly beautiful offspring I’ve ever seen besides my own. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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pat sherman

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#7 posted 2161 days ago

nice chair. i like it.

-- pat,ohio...http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y198/patshwigar/

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dlcarver

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#8 posted 2161 days ago

Dennis, this is fantastic work. I love it…..... the children are even more beautiful !!!

Dave

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,http://dlcarver.etsy.com

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TomFran

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#9 posted 2161 days ago

Very artistic design, Dennis. Nice work! Beautiful grandchildren too!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Max

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#10 posted 2161 days ago

Dennis,

Very nice looking chair, and it does look comfortable. I like the way that you did the arms.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Napaman

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#11 posted 2161 days ago

this is really cool…I love it…if you made some to sell…think 100% profit on materials (excluding gathering time)...

the grandkids look amazing too…clearly having fun!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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miles125

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#12 posted 2161 days ago

Great looking chair Dennis. I’ll have to try some willow stuff one of these days.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Diane

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#13 posted 2161 days ago

I just noticed we can vote for favorites so I picked this chair for sure. I also think the grand kids are beautiful.

You have a lot of posts to this chair in such a short time, I bet you will get more votes that it is their favorite as well.

Diane

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RobS

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#14 posted 2161 days ago

Great work Dennis on all the items pictured… and is that an Alderica Pine in the background of the first shot? I have a couple live Christmas trees that I planted that look like that or close to it anyway..

Thanks for sharing and enjoy the chair and the children.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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GaryK

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#15 posted 2161 days ago

That is an outstanding job, Dennis! A couple of cute little gremlins also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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