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Sat, 29 Aug


Charlie Whinney Studio

*SOLD OUT* 28th - 31st August 2020 - The 3 Day Pro Steam Bending Course - Cumbria

The ultimate steam-bending course. Enjoy three creative days learning everything we know about steam-bending to get started yourself straight away.

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 *SOLD OUT* 28th - 31st August 2020 -  The 3 Day Pro Steam Bending Course - Cumbria
 *SOLD OUT* 28th - 31st August 2020 -  The 3 Day Pro Steam Bending Course - Cumbria

Time & Location

29 Aug 2020, 10:00 – 31 Aug 2020, 17:00

Charlie Whinney Studio, Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands LA11 6SH, UK


About the event

The ultimate steam-bending course. Enjoy three creative days learning everything we know about steam-bending to date.  All you need to start work on your own straight away, fifteen species, 2D & 3D bends, advanced free bending, four types of compression strap, advanced jig making, making batches, multi-plane bends, hot-laminating, big bends and more…!  As part of the learning process you will design and make your own product and chair, and there is an option to make a steam-chamber and jigs to take home.  Attending the professional course give you a new insight into what wood actually is and gives you a new ‘tool in the box’ to achieve new and beautiful eco-friendly works.

There is also a bespoke element to each professional course as a few weeks before the course we will ask if there are any aspects to the process you are especially interested in so we can be sure to include it in the mix of fun and technical processes 

over the three days.

This course is taught in the Lake District workshop of Charlie Whinney Studio.  The building is an ancient stone barn right nestled under SSSI Whitbarrow Scar in the UNESCO World Heritage Lake District National Park.  This venue allows for some of the course to be taught in the woods adjacent to the wood where we may even cut down a small tree for use during the day (weather permitting), and you can also see Charlie’s studio where many of the projects over the past eight years have been created. 

All materials, food and accommodation is included in the price.


7.30pm Meal at Witherslack Hall B&B (optional)


10am Start at Charlie Whinney Studio, Top Barn, Beck Head, CUMBRIA LA11 6SH 

Introduction, walk in the woods and wood sourcing


Bend 15 x species of wood

Free Bending


Twisting, Splitting, Multiplane bending

Steam-bent joints

5pm Finish

EVENING – Dinner in the Derby Arms (optional)


10am Start

Make your own creation, a bowl, vase, lampshade or sculpture – explore using smaller sections and compression straps to full effect and find shapes and processes you like.


4 types of compression strap; sliding, wedged, adjustable and fixed.  Bend a variety of sections up to about 50mm (2”) using your hands, levers and winches and see how to bend sections 150mm (6”) and thicker. 


Make a ‘Chair-in-an-afternoon’!  We will be making at least three different designs in groups to fully explore different options and potential for furniture.  

6.30pm finish

EVENING – BBQ at the workshop (optional)


10am Start

Hot-laminating and green bending


Making jigs, 2D, 3D, steel, wood etc…

Making compression straps, steel, woven and composite, adjustable endstops

Drying wood, theory and practice, different drying chambers and methods.


The afternoon is optional, it is set aside for your own experiments, looking at individual projects and making jigs and steam-chambers.

5pm Finish

* Workshop cancellations by you*

We try our best to price our workshops as fairly as possible and offer good value for money. We therefore have to have a clear cancellation policy to ensure that we cover our costs and the ongoing viability of the workshop.

We urge you to carefully check your diary to ensure that you are available to attend any workshops you are booking with us. 

If circumstances change, or something pops up and you are unable to attend, unfortunately all our workshops and classes are non-refundable and transfers can only be arranged under the circumstances outlined below:

If you give more than 45 working days notice to cancel a place on a three day workshop your options are as follows:

• We will be happy to transfer you to another workshop but only if the original place is successfully resold. If the place does not resell then unfortunately we cannot supply you with another place on a future course date.

• You can of course send someone in your place at any time, but please note that this is your responsibility to find a replacement person and you must let us know in advance who will be attending.

We will do our best to fill the place within this time. Please be aware that in our experience it can be difficult to fill places on workshops at short notice.


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