This is a shared public class for up to 3 people, so still nice and small with lots of teacher time.
Time: 1 Day course - 11am till 5pm
Level: All levels welcome from first timers to more experienced steam benders.
Description: Steam bending is a process of heating up the lignin liquid and cellulose inside wood so that it can bend into curved shapes, as it cools it stays in its new form. Wonderful shapes can be made from traditional boat building and barrel making to experimental sculpture and furniture.
You can make a functional object of use or a piece of sculpture to decorate your home or garden. You can come with a specific project in mind as a sketch or from a picture. Or you can improvise and we can come up with ideas as we walk through the 4 main bending techniques, creating something spontaneously.
The art pieces that you make during the day
A little intro to wood for steam bending
The 4 key types of bending methods
The knowledge of how to set up your own steam box at home so you can start bending by yourself should you want to.
A calming feeling from being in nature and a lung full of fresh air
Materials: All materials + Lunch (with Vegetarian options) + refreshments are included. Those with unique dietary requirements are advised to bring a packed lunch.
Gift Vouchers: After purchase, please let us know via email if this is a gift and we’ll arrange a certificate to be emailed or posted to you.
There are no steps in our land and it is all on one level for wheelchair access.
There are areas of uneven ground such as the gravel drive way where the cars come in and overgrown grass area where we do the bending.
The grass area is on a slight slope. The workshop door is wide and benches have a good reach at sitting height. There is parking space for cars on flat concrete.
The toilet is rather tiny, so wouldn’t fit a wheelchair but being right next to the front door of our home, it would be accessible on crutches or with assistance.
If there any ways we could make your day more comfortable or easier please let us know and we’ll be more than happy to prepare it for you. Both Abi and I will aways be on hand to help with anything you might need.