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WORKSHOP : October 3, 2015.

Introduction to Steam-bending

Fancy trying your hand at something new? We’ve joined forces with Hatched exhibitor Beatrix Baker to bring you an introduction to steam-bending – you’ll leave with your very own small sculpture (and a new passion for bending wood).

Visit our online shop to book your place(s).

What is it?

Steam-bending is an ancient technique which allows wood to be manipulated into curved forms. It’s a relatively low-tech process, and has a lot of potential for experimentation and for making exciting objects. It’s a technique used by boat builders and barrel makers, as well as makers and designers such as Beatrix.

What will the day involve?

We’ll start off by learning more about the steam-bending process, and bend some wood with Beatrix to get a feel for it.

We’ll use paper to create some sculptural designs, and finally we’ll create these in wood.

Throughout the day you’ll learn how to make and use a steam chamber, learn how to make a ‘jig’ and a model (and how to transfer these into making a final piece), and you’ll learn how to experiment with designs and materials in creating your own unique sculpture.

What will I actually make?

A small steam bent sculpture / object

Can I come? I’m a beginner!

Everyone welcome (aged 18+), whether you’ve bent wood before or not. This will be an introductory class, with 8 participants. Beatrix will guide you through the process from start to finish.


You can book a place here.

10am  – 4pm

Concessions (over 60 / unemployed* / student* – *please bring ID along on the day): £60

Standard tickets: £65

This workshop will take place in space2 at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Click here for directions

All materials are included. Lunch is not provided – but we do have a lovely café on site (Oak Street Café Bar), are surrounded by other Northern Quarter eateries, or you are of course welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If you have any questions, contact Kaylee on, 0161 832 4274.

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