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Old 06/10/08, 12:16 PM
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Building twig furniture/birdhouses/plant stands/etc.

I have been doing battle with the Japanese honeysuckle that's growing everywhere here, and now have a massive pile of twigs and sticks and trunks from them. I got to thinking that they'd be good for making twig crafts and furniture - you know, those cute birdhouses, plant stands, furniture, candle holders, etc. you see sometimes? A google search provided me with some links, but mostly kid crafts, and I'm wondering if anyone has any links to sites with plans for making more complicated stuff? Or maybe someone here has experience doing this and has tips to share? Or a recommendation of a really good book on the subject?

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I have been doing battle with the Japanese honeysuckle that's growing everywhere here, and now have a massive pile of twigs and sticks and trunks from them. I got to thinking that they'd be good for making twig crafts and furniture - you know, those cute birdhouses, plant stands, furniture, candle holders, etc. you see sometimes? A google search provided me with some links, but mostly kid crafts, and I'm wondering if anyone has any links to sites with plans for making more complicated stuff? Or maybe someone here has experience doing this and has tips to share? Or a recommendation of a really good book on the subject?

Thanks in advance!
Dh's uncle used to make baskets out of wisteria vine. The key is to soak it in water to make it more bendable first. That is all I know, sorry. They are beautiful baskets and he used to get $40 to $50 a piece for them.
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Thank you, Cindy! As it turns out, I whacked back a big wisteria vine that was growing up the corner of my corn crib (previous owner planted it there) and was popping off the slats and slowing down air flow, and I have a pile of cuttings from it. I'll set those aside to use, too, if I can just find some instructions/plans on how to build stuff! Seems like it'd be a good homestead money maker so I hoped there'd be some answers here. I guess I can just go by eye with a staple gun loaded with brads and see how it goes...

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Out of curiousity I did a quick search. By googling willow furniture I found this http://www.willowworks.com/Build.html

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Sorry wrong link, this one is more informative: http://www.canadianhomeworkshop.com/...urniture.shtml

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The store at the Adirondack Museum has some good books on this. You should be able to access something by googling them, even if you need to send a query. I own one called "Making Bentwood Trellises (Arbors, Gates, Fences) by Jim Long, published by Storey Books, N.Adams, MA. There is a companion book called making Bentwood Furniture. Either got it at the museum, or ordered from Lee Valley catalog. Sue

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I bought a book for my wife on this, found it at Tractor Supply.

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http://www.motherearthnews.com/multi...id=72214&seq=2
http://www.motherearthnews.com/multi...id=72214&seq=3

The sequence goes to 12 with detailed drawings for construction of a twig bench.
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http://www.canadianhomeworkshop.com/...rniture2.shtml

http://www.canadianhomeworkshop.com/...rniture3.shtml

This is a materials list and instructions for a twig chair.
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http://www.diynetwork.com/DIY/mmo/DIY/pswingdrawing.pdf

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/shows_..._25729,00.html

This is a drawing and assembly for a twig porch swing.
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Thanks for the links and ideas, everyone! I'll do some reading and looking and give this a try when I have a little time.

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Check your local library...I found lots at mine on this subject.
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Old 06/13/08, 07:44 PM
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I'll do that, Clove, thanks for the suggestion! Our library is small, but the inter-library loan system is pretty extensive.

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