Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Mastering the Curve: Bending, Joinery and Shaping Wood with Michael Fortune

Dates: 6/6 - 6/10

Cost: $775
Materials: $70
Deposit: $300

Masters Fellowship

The ability to bend wood to exact shapes opens up an incredible range of exciting possibilities for woodworkers. Chair parts, table aprons, cabinet doors, sports equipment and musical instruments can be made with precisely bent curved components. This workshop will give you the information and the hands-on experience you need to apply the most appropriate bending technique for any application. Steam bending, laminating, vacuum forming, kerf-bending, and hot pipe bending will all be demonstrated. Michael will even show how to produce curves with a bandsaw. Choosing the right wood species, curing and stabilizing bent parts, and hand-working or safely machining curves will also be covered. Each wood bending workstation will remain setup so that the participants can hone their newfound skills or continue to push the limits of the various techniques. All of the wood bending setups can be duplicated inexpensively in your own workshop.

Key Points:

  • Learn the difference between kiln and air dried wood
  • Learn to make bending fixtures that simplify the process
  • Learn how to make a steam box
  • Learn ways to vacuum form wood
  • Learn to join wood that is not square
  • Learn to choose adhesive
  • Learn clamping strategies for each of the bending techniques

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

Public Registration begins December 1, 2015. Please check back then to register online.

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