Progress photo of a curved piece of wood clamped to a form on a saw horse in an outdoor setting Oliver Strand

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DMC DMC D004 (Woodshop)

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We often think of wood as rigid and hard, but by adding heat, we can bend flexible, sweeping curves. It really feels like magic – suddenly you can tie a knot in a piece of wood or form the ribs of a canoe. Steam bending doesn’t have to be intimidating! We’ll focus on reliable, repeatable results using simple setups. Topics will include stock preparation, using green and kiln dried wood, and building and using bending jigs.

This workshop is a module in the course Applied Techniques in Furniture Design. Students can sign up for individual modules or the full class as a three credit class. Limited space is available in both the full semester class and the workshops.


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Oliver Strand is a woodworker, writer and educator. He teaches in the Sculpture and Foundations Departments at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and builds wooden chairs by hand in Gloucester, MA. His work has been exhibited at 10b Projects, Various Small Fires, Adams and Ollman, Soloway Gallery and the ICA Boston.