Introduction to Bending | Kelly Parker
Bend It Like Gumby
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, and vacuum form.
We’ll work on multiple small hands-on projects including a wall shelf, a mirror and coat hooks 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 you projects at home.
Be prepared to take your work and skills up a notch.
Studio & Materials Fee: $40
One time registration fee of $45