Next course: 13th July 2024. FULL.

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, or to be used in many other woodworking craft and design applications.

I just want to thank you Jo, and Marc, for making it possible for me to join Charlie’s steam bending workshop last Saturday. It was outstanding. I think we all learnt a lot about wood and came away with creations we enjoyed making. I definitely did! Charlie was extremely generous with his knowledge, experience and time and gave us far more than I ever expected. Thanks again, all the best,
steam bending

About Charlie Whinney

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 in London.

Based in Cumbria, Charlie’s love of steam bending is instantly obvious; his passion for the subject makes 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.

Cost: £240 including materials

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Please arrive at 9.30am, the days will finish at 4.30pm.
There’s no need to bring any tools, but please bring a packed lunch.

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Wood & Steam by Charlie Whinney

If you are interested in buying Charlie’s book ahead of the course you can find it on Amazon here;

Steam Bending with Charlie Whinney – 1 Day