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Renowned Furniture Maker Offering Classes During Oswego Art Fair

Jul 10, 2015 03:07PM ● By Steven Jack

Bim Willow is the creator of this love seat.

The village of Oswego Cultural Arts Commission will offer Willow Furniture classes Aug. 15 and 16 as part of the Art Off the Rails downtown art show.  

All classes are being taught by Bim Willow.  Bim has been featured on HGTV and has been building furniture and teaching for about 30 years — he's a very entertaining and nurturing teacher.

The furniture he teaches students to build (chair, loveseat, and rocking chair) are historical, developed by Czechoslovakian basket makers at the turn of the century.  These designs are only found in the United States.  

The remaining projects are quick, fun, and will make students feel comfortable building something creative from their pruning’s in the future.  Willow has authored 5 books about rustic furniture and spends most of his time teaching this craft in garden centers, art centers & botanical gardens across the US.

On Saturday, Aug. 15 two classes will be offered at Studio 60, 12 S. Washington St., Oswego.  They will be Bench in  Box (which is perfect for a child/parent project $50 is the cost) and Franken Furniture class – bring an old wooden shutter, wooden crutches, etc. and have Bim Willow help you turn it into a new piece of furniture for your home – prices vary.  

On Sunday Bim will be on Main Street during the art show with his Anything Goes furniture classes.  He will be offering everything from garden trellis to willow benches.  He will also have some of his creations and books for sale.

Contact Angie Hibben at 630-554-3505 to register for this classes or for more information.  All classes require pre-registration.