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Yo-Yo OttoMa

Joan Mullen in her handmade chair and Yo-Yo OttoMa footrest.

Looking for outdoor furniture that is truly unique? If you’re resourceful, talented, creative, and handy, you could emulate JMMDS client Joan Mullen and make your own! Joan made this chair and ottoman, which she humorously dubbed the Yo-Yo OttoMa (get it?), from slices of stumps from her property.

Joan learned and honed her furniture-making skills at Snow Farm, The New England Craft Program, located in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. For three years she has attended a workshop on building rustic furniture taught by Mark Ragonese. (It just so happens that Mark, a sculptor and furniture-maker from Bellows Falls, VT (a few minutes from our studio), created the Beaver Lodge for the award-winning JMMDS-designed Inspiration Garden at Shore Country Day School in Beverly, MA.)

How about you? Ready to try making your own furniture, or learning an exciting new skill? Look into the Snow Farm’s offerings, or find an arts teaching facility in your area. Every day is an opportunity to discover our own creativity. Thank you, Joan, for the inspiration!

To all our readers, a very happy Fourth of July!

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  • Julie B says:

    I love the furniture! Just what I need another hobby! I always feel inspired to try new things, so maybe I’ll try something like this just once.