Here are some of the 'Wicked' Wicker Projects that I have undertaken over the years.
Wicker Pilot Seat / Wicker Cornucopia / Victorian Perambulator / Wicker Motorbike Sidecar
Wicker Pram Restoration / Restaurant Dining Chairs / Architectural Sliding Doors / French Provicial Loveseat / Wicker Balloon Basket / Erthenware Pot / Wicker Umbrella Holders / Wicker Car Body
Wicker Pilot Seat
Here we have a wicker pilots seat, made to specifications for this replicated WW1 Sopwith.
It was quite a snug fit, a bit risky thogh as the fuel tank cap was directly in the middle of the seat.
There's wicker prams, then there's the perambulator.
This late Victorian 'pram' was completely restored with iron wheels, iron and oak timber chassis with a leather upholstered seat and back neatly fitted into the wicker carriage. It was so well sprung and balanced, so easy to manouvere. They don't make them like that anymore!
Wicker Pram Restoration
This is by far one of my biggest and most rewarding of passions. Restoring wicker dolls prams.
You see each pram has a story to tell. There's the obvious childhood memories and the stories puppies and kittens being born in them. But most of all there's the sentimental attachment that owners have for their dolls prams. Restoring these prams to their full glory and a near original condition is magic.
Architectural Sliding Doors
Sometimes along comes a job that initially you think, "Well this is going to take some weaving". Then after a day and a half, when your hands and knees are hurting, you think to yourself "Only another three more doors to go!!!".
Yeah, but look at the end result. these doors are huge and once hung, will serve as a screen door/room divider allowing natural light to filter through.
Wicker Umbrella Holders
Vintage Car enthusiasts sometimes get caught in the rain when driving their prized car, so some have asked that I make them a wicker unbrella holder. Well why not indeed.
Wicker Car Body
I was asked if I could build a wicker car body. I said "I don't know, I've never done one before. But I guess I could give it a go". After several days of getting my head around the idea, I set myself up, got into gear and a few months later a wicker car body was born (built). The car was a 1913 Merlin built in Birmingham UK without a body. Only two remaining in the world today, and now only one with a wicker body.
This was a challenge as the weird shape meant that whilst weaving the cornucopia it kept rolling off the work bench. The end result however was a 1 metre diameter opening, big eh? This was made especially for the NSW Horticultural Society as a prop for their produce display, as well as using it as their logo.
Wicker Motorbike Sidecar
This was an awesome project to work on. The wicker sidecar was very well made, and it was a privalege to add my craftsmanship to such a work of art.
Restaurant Dining Chairs
La Tombola Italian Restaurant, South Australia has over 90 European Beech dining chairs with rattan backs. Re-caning the backs when required, ensures that these comfortable dining chairs remain in their original style and maintain the ambiance of this fine restaurant.
French Provincial Loveseat
Here's an example of a somewhat worn rattan seat and back. Fitting new rattan and finishing off with a fresh coat of gold paint, this French Provincial Loveseat now stands proud at home under the tapestry.
Wicker Balloon Basket
Hot air balloon baskets as we all know experience a few rough landings. Even though the baskets are extreamly strong and durable, when being dragged along the ground on very rare occassions, some damage to the floor of the basket will incur. Wicker Works comes to the rescue. After all it would be rather scary being up so high, seeing the view through large gaps between your feet.
Sometimes you get one of those jobs where you need to take a few more coffee breaks whilst weaving, as it was a little aukward especially around the neck. And so a whole new wicker coat was made for this naked erthenware pot. Should keep the home made cider at room temperature!
Wicker Car Body built on a