Hi all

I hope you are all well and enjoying the first glimmers of summer (in between the rain),this month’s blog is about a fantastic course on Steam-bending organised by Charlie Whinney

Steam Bending 2013 – The 4th Annual Professional Steam Bending Course

Dates – 6th – 8th July 2013

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This course is for novice or professional woodworkers, designers and technicians who want to introduce or further develop steam-bending in their work. This is the most comprehensive and advanced steam-bending course available in the world, and is updated every year to include the latest insights and discoveries we have made in our practice.


We will be bending 15+ different species of wood, doing over a dozen different types of bend, talk about the theory, science and practice of steam-bending during two talk/slide shows, make a unique sculptural product and the chair-in-an-afternoon!  You will also get to see how to make a very well insulated and robust steam-chamber and also make accurate 3D steam-bending jigs out of steel and/or wood for doing complicated bends – and use our unique woven stainless steel compression straps designed and made in Beck Head!


There is also a bespoke element to this course, as we ask everyone who comes what exactly they want/need to take away from the three days, so we can ensure that is covered.  For example in the past we have made a bespoke Windsor-chair bending jig, built a steam-chamber, tested and bent clients own samples of wood and bent some really thick Ash around a small radius.

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All food and accommodation is included in the price (including freshly prepared lunches, three course meal at the local gourmet pub, barbecue party), and you will receive an extended 90-page copy of the Steam Bending Handbook written especially to accompany the course so you will not need to take any notes.

Accommodation is now at a B&B in a lovely ancient farmhouse a short walk through the woods from the workshop, all nestled beneath Whit barrow Scar in the Lake District  The course is already half full, so if you can make it please do let me know asap.  It should be fun and worth it!

3 Day Course 6th – 8th July

Price £800 incl. VAT – includes all materials, food and accommodation for 3 days and you leave with a beautiful usable chair and other sculptural products.

For locals/non-residential price £580 incl. VAT – without evening meals and accommodation (but does include BBQ on the Sunday night!)

They are also doing some less advanced and less expensive day courses the following weekend, so if you just want the basics, or know any wood-enthusiasts who need a day out please find the details on my website

1 day ‘Chair in a Day’ 13th July

Price £300 incl. VAT – includes all materials and lunch and you leave with a beautiful usable chair

1 day ‘Introduction to Steam-Bending with Charlie Whinney’ 14th July

Price £250 incl. VAT – includes all materials and lunch.


Charlie Whinney Design Workshop

2 Beck Head Cottages,

Beck Head, Witherslack,


Cumbria LA11 6SH


Telephone: 05603 688109 or 07557 101978

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Thank you for reading and speak soon


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