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Wicker Objects

 

Bill was fortunate to be born into a family of wicker weavers. His Great Uncle John was a card holding master wicker weaver from Europe who immigrated to the United States and started his own wicker weaving company in Chicago, Illinois in 1920. As technology changed and the hand weaving trade schools closed in the 1930s, Great Uncle John continued his business. Able to attract master wicker weavers his firm, Artistic Reed & Willow Manufacturing Company, was turning out 100 completely handwoven baby bassinets per day through the 1940s and 50s for Boston Stores, Marshall Fields, and a host of other companies nationwide. As Great Uncle Johnís sons came of age each was invited into the business and learned all aspects of design and weaving. As the number of master weavers diminished the three sons continued the family tradition - each honing in on their specific skill to keep the business alive. Over a period of a number of years, before the three sons retire, Bill and his wife Penny learned all aspects of designing and weaving wicker, cane, and rush.