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Jim Arendt

Jim Arendt recently retired from a long career as a teacher and YMCA Director. "I became interested in willow furniture watching John Schakel, the Master Willow Bender, give a demonstration at Woodlanders many years ago. Shortly after that I registered for Shake Rag Alley's bent willow chair class with John. As fate would have it, I was John's only student and through that class we developed a lasting friendship. Over the years I have helped John gather the willow needed for a class and have assisted him. I have built many chairs on my own but some of my most cherished undertakings are the three youth willow chairs I have made for my three grandchildren. I was deeply honored when Shake Rag Alley contacted me to teach the Making a Bent Willow Chair class. I am looking forward to working with everyone in lovely Mineral Point."

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