Steam bending is an ancient woodworking process which is found on every continent. Most traditionally used in boat building and barrel making, it was pioneered in the modern sense by Austrian, Michael Thonet, between 1830 and 1860. Wood is a composite material, made of lignin and cellulose. When heated to 100°C with steam, the lignin becomes plastic enough for the material to be physically manipulated into new forms. It is a strong, stable and low-energy method of manufacturing wooden products and furniture.
Charlie is the UK's leading steam bending expert; his work is sold internationally and can be found in museums, private residences and commercial premises. Prominent commissions include the Eden Project and Harvey Nichols department store London.
Based in Cumbria, Charlie's love of steambending is instantly obvious; his passion for the subject make him an ideal tutor. Charlie is really hands on and gets students motivated and excited.
This course is included in our full-time one- and two-year courses.
One-day course cost is £240 including all materials.
Schedule of the day
9.30am Start - introduction and short talk
10am Let the bending begin
2pm More bending