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Bend It Like Gumby | Michael Fortune

October 7 - October 11 | 9:00 - 5:00 $925.00
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Michael Fortune
Designer, maker, teacher and mentor, Michael is one of Canada’s most respected contemporary furniture masters.
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Changing wood from straight lines to curved adds a whole new dimension to woodworking; learn both the practical how-to and the design impact of bending wood in this 5-day hands-on class.

You will learn how to do a variety of bending techniques such as steam bend, laminate bend, hot pipe bend, coopering, kerf bending and vacuum form.

We’ll work on multiple small hands-on exercises to give you practical experience of the processes.  The key learnings you’ll take away with you include:

  • Making laminates with the bandsaw
  • Creating and using bending forms
  • Vacuum bag clamping
  • Steam Bending
  • Jointing and planning curved parts
  • Clamping strategies
  • Milling curved parts safely

We will explore how repeated shapes and curved surfaces impact your furniture designs and explore other areas – such as mixing different species.  If time allows we’ll touch on additional methods such as coppering but the goal will be to build a strong base of knowledge that you can leverage off of for your projects at home.

Be prepared to take your work and skills up a notch.

Class Time

Workshop Days:     Monday – Friday
Instruction Time:    9:00am – 5:00pm
School Opens:.      8:30am -5:30 pm

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Tuition & Materials:

Materials Fee:
One-time registration fee

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October 7 @ 9:00 am
October 11 @ 5:00 pm
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