John is a self-taught rustic designer/creator. Since 1982, his love and enthusiasm for creating this “natural” form of furniture and accents has never stopped growing. Making each piece a functional and lasting work of art has always been an important aspect of his craftsmanship. He is meticulous in every aspect of his creative process. By consulting experts in forestry and studying subjects such as kiln drying and wood finishing, he has brought modern technology into his construction techniques. Pieces are kiln dried, hand sanded, and sealed with several coats of a premium water-based finish. John’s Bent Tree collection consists of a wide array of furniture, accents, wallscapes, and mobiles. Every piece is made primarily from select-cut north Missouri native willow and ash saplings that are harvested in a way that encourages regrowth and is environmentally friendly. After many years of selling his works in high-end galleries across the country, John’s dream of having his own retail space has been fulfilled. The Bent Tree Gallery sits next to his home in rural northwest Missouri, and is open 6 days a week. There he features a wide selection of his bent willow collection in a beautiful showroom. John thanks the Lord for the encouragement, skill, and opportunities that have been given to enable him to make a living doing what he loves and enjoys.