Accessibility Statement


Blending the technical and creative elements involved in steam-bending wood, this book encourages readers to explore the possibilities of making useful and attractive things with this versatile craft. It begins with an examination of wood structure at the cellular level and what happens to it when heated and bent, along with an overview of the basic techniques and equipment used.

As a simple introductory project, Whinney explains how to make coat hangers from greenwood sticks heated in a campfire. What follows is a series of 15 increasingly advanced projects, helping develop the skills needed to form more complex objects, from a garden pyramid, a trivet, rustic Christmas decorations, and wooden rings and bracelets, to lampshades, chairs, a sleigh, and even a small boat.

Along the way, he details how to heat wood in a microwave oven or on a stovetop, make bending jigs and compression straps, and build a workshop pipe steamer, all with straightforward instructions supplemented by photos showing key steps. With an eye toward both practical utility and aesthetically pleasing design, this is an easy-to-follow guide that goes beyond typical how-to guides on the subject.

Softcover, 7 1/2" × 9", 144 pages, 2019.

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