(660) 851-1154 Info@TheBentTree.com
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

3 weeks ago

The Bent Tree Gallery

Our friend, Todd Kingery, makes wonderful willow animals. Here are some of his horses. ... See MoreSee Less

Our friend, Todd Kingery, makes wonderful willow animals.  Here are some of his horses.

Comment on Facebook

Tried to find the words I may have to have one. Skip



Cleaning my 50 new gourds! # ... See MoreSee Less

Cleaning my 50 new gourds!                          #

Comment on Facebook

Can these be grown anywhere? I have wanted to grow them for a long time and my first tries resulted in nothing. Excited to see you guys! How is everything?

That is a lot of work Marcia! But they look gorgeous when you are finished with your cream touches!

Awesome! I love a peak behind the scenes for your beautiful creations

Love to hear more about how you clean them and what is the best way to cut one to make it a bowl or bird house.

I thought John was the gourd cleaner in the family. No cookies for him.

Have fun !!! I only have 5 to clean -my 1st time growing some

Then comes the fun part!😊

What do you clean them with if you don’t mind me asking?

I have some to do too

You are a busy woman

I soak them in water for 15 min to an hour, then scrub them with a stainless pot scrubber. Takes a bit of elbow grease, but is very satisfying to see that smooth, clean gourd. For a straight cut I use our big band saw. Get a good grip on both ends and carefully run it through. For a curvy edge I use my little hand held jig saw. I’ve found an easy way to clean inside is to fill the ‘bowl’ with water and let it sit until the inner pulp is soft and can be scraped out. I use a gourd scraper, but you can use a spoon or ice cream scoop...something with a fairly sharp edge. For a smoother finish inside, finish off with sandpaper after it’s dry. For birdhouses, drill the opening with the desired birdhole-sized bit. Shake out any loose stuff and let the birds do the rest! Don’t forget to drill a few drain holes in the bottom.

I love it!

View more comments

4 months ago

The Bent Tree Gallery

What a fascinating weaver! ... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

I love watching this little fellow weave!


Load more

It truly is the most beautiful porch swing we’ve ever seen. And it was certainly a pleasure to work with you. It fits perfectly. Thank you so very much.

S.S. New Jersey

I am very pleased amd excited by the way it looks and fits in my home. You turn out quality true artistry and craftsmanship. I don’t think that in our Country, we have many true craftsmen left that care for their finished product like you do. (bar stools)

L.B. Missouri

They look WONDERFUL!!!!! They are VERY comfortable. Your work is far superior to the rustic furniture you find around here. We just knew that they would be a good choice judging by the obvious care and pride you show in your work. They feel great and I fear we will find many excuses to linger over meals when we should be getting our work done. It’s been great working with you on this project. (custom dining chairs)

R&S Colorado

Bring Any Creative Design Ideas!

Custom Colors and Orders are all welcome!

John Whitt, rustic artist, and Marcia Whitt, fiber artist

The Bent Tree Gallery
27619 E 340th St
Bethany, MO 64424
(660) 851-1154



Click the map for Driving Directions.