So are you one of those people that treat giving Christmas presents like an Olympic sport? Because if you are – and you know who you are – then you’re always looking for a new and exciting idea to thrill those who you are buying things for. Why not think about furniture, specifically, wicker patio furniture?
There is definitely something that no one else in the family has even give before, and it is something that can be enjoyed by everyone – and just because you may not be able to use it right now doesn’t make it a good gift. Just wait until the spring, they’re going to come running to thank you for such a wonderful and creative gift.
Are you not yet sold on this idea? Don’t worry, I could also tell you that outdoor wicker furniture, also called seagrass furniture, can be used for so many different things, including indoor use, and use on a porch, deck, or garage. There are countless uses for wicker furniture, most of those being outdoor uses, such as porch, patio, and garden furnishings, but you can also use wicker for furnishing rooms inside your house, specifically any sun rooms, or other general sitting rooms. So get started planning exactly how you are going to surprise your family with wonderful wicker furniture without ruining the surprise, because that might just be the hardest part of giving this wonderfully creative gift.
Like most craft work, making furniture requires a continuous build up of skills. You should learn some important basics, but reinforce them through repeated projects. In the olden days, it was common for an apprentice to repeat tasks for weeks at a time until he or she got it down to a science. That art isn’t lost today, and learning how to stay dedicated to the craft is just as important as making quality furniture.
Figure Out Your Machinery
The first step in furniture making is acquiring equipment and machinery to assist you in doing your basic work. That step will teach you more about how everything works, from the common saw to the advanced shaper. Working out small frustrations, like rough or sharp edges, may feel tedious. That perfectionist instinct is what will propel you into mastery. Maybe your first 15 pieces have rough edges, but that 16th piece makes all that extra work smoothing things out totally worth it.
Repeat Basic Tasks
When you have nothing to do, and you feel like you need to escape the trappings of the world, try sanding or planing some wood. Doing so feels very therapeutic, and both are excellent skills to master. Learning how to be at peace spending time within your wood workshop is key to excelling in furniture making. It takes patience, but more than that, it requires a keen sense of peace in solitude.
Mastery is a state of mine, and even masters continually build their skills. Mastery is nothing more than a dedication to your craft, and a reasonable aptitude at it. The first part is the challenge, the second will come easily enough.
Bio: James Provence resides in Vacaville where his interests include furniture making and reading. An avid follower of history, Archbishop James Provence has become docent of the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento after retiring from his service with the Church.
Rattan or wicker furniture is a wonderful compliment to most modern backyards. The designs are almost timeless, able to fit seamlessly into modern or rustic scenery, but they can be a bit stiff when they arrive. Most wicker furniture is already built, but it may not come with a patio cushion. Wicker furniture, usually the cheap kind, can splinter and dry out too. With these tips, you’ll save money on timeless furniture you can own for years.
Cleaning and Maintenance
If you want your piece to last for many years, you’ll need to care for it properly. Wicker is surprisingly resilient, and outdoor furniture cushions are also built to withstand all four seasons. In most cases, you’ll need to do little more than brush the chair or sofa set down with a microfiber cloth. You can remove the covering for cushions and machine wash them, just be careful not to dry the cover in such a way that would shrink it.
Cushions and Support
Ordering from the manufacturer also means paying a premium in many cases, especially when it comes to cushions. You can’t stuff couch foam into a cover and call it a day, but you can order water-proof foam online that is designed for use outside. Couch material might soak up water from rain the night before, and probably won’t last through extreme heat for very long. Custom cut cushions to the size you need and reupholster them with materials that match your color scheme. Same support, much lower cost.