Curvature – Bend It Like Gumby
May 11, 2020 - May 15, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Curvature – Bending Wood
Imagine: the gentle bend of a meandering stream… the supple curve of a woman’s hip… the fluid lines of a sports car. These beautiful organic forms are intrinsically pleasing to us. You can bring this same graceful quality to your furniture by learning the basics of bending wood.
Steam – Vacuum – Hot Pipe – Kerf Bending
Join Kelly Parker for a 5-day hands-on adventure as you explore the art and science of bending wood. We will cover steam bending, laminate bending (both parallel laminates and tapered laminates), hot pipe bending, vacuum forming and kerf bending. Be prepared to take your work and skills up a notch!
Curved components can be both functional and sculptural. Some of the applications for bending include stretchers, legs, aprons, musical instruments, boxes, curved casework or curved doors, and pure sculpture. Incorporating an aesthetically pleasing flow of line allows you to create work that is more sculptural and adds value to your project.
The end goal of this technique-based class isn’t a finished piece. Rather we want to explore a new design vocabulary to enhance our future work. After all, a straight line is a wasted opportunity!
Topics to be covered:
- preparing material to bend
- making forms
- adhesive selection
- clamping strategies
- milling curved parts safely
- how to choose the right bending technique for a project
Tools Needed: None needed
Materials & Books Needed: Provided
Tuition: $775 per person
Studio & Materials Fee: $80
One time registration Fee: $45