Please notice the elderly lady in the gigantic baby carriage! That's the only one of those I have seen. That particular one is a history of wicker.
The sketch, under Tessie's feet, is one of my own chair designs.
I had a real rocker made of this material years ago. Unfortunately it didn't hold up as well as real wicker and a lot of it didn't survive. There are still pieces around, but not as many as antique wicker pieces.
Anyway, the book is invaluable. It has diagrams of different techniques that I have not found elsewhere.
About the time I opened it to show you the front page, Tessie showed up and started hassling me. You know that she wants one of everything in the book, made just for her new manor house.
Her comments were interesting, if not helpful. When she spotted the photo to the left, she declared, "You need an outfit like that to work in when you make my pieces. It would make the furniture more authentic."
"That ratty old brown chair just won't do in the new house."
I am now going to go remind Tessie about the good old days, when people carried portable radios, the size of a loaf of bread around, instead of I-Pods. As old as she is, you would think that she would remember these things. So soon we forget.....
See you tomorrow.