Adventures in Steam Bending

August 11 - August 15, 2023

Adventures in Steam Bending


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $150

Experiment with the art and science of wood steam-bending and explore design possibilities with curves. This hands-on, playful, and experimental workshop will introduce the basics of steam bending techniques to form a straight wood into a curved or twisted one. We will experiment directly with the material to stimulate creativity and prompt ideas. Through combinations of free bending and mold making, we will achieve unique, organic lines and forms; the possibilities are infinite. The result/project may be a bud vase, a tray, a basket, a small table, a component of furniture, or a sculpture. The primary goal of this workshop is to have fun learning and exploring the wood steam-bending basics.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Yuri Kobayashi

Yuri Kobayashi is a furniture maker and sculptor based in mid-coastal Maine. Born in Japan, she earned a B.A. in architectural design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and then trained in woodworking at Shinrin Takumi Juku in Takayama City. She also holds an M.F.A. in furniture design from San Diego State University and for many years taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. Yuri exhibits nationally and has been awarded competitive residencies, grants, and fellowships, including Windgate Artist-in-Residencies at SUNY Purchase, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the Arizona State University Art Museum. Employing her discipline in traditional woodworking, she strives to capture her wonder and emotional nature in objects from abstract sculptures to functional pieces of furniture. 

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Chelsea Witt

Chelsea Witt is a woodworker, furniture maker, sculptor, and illustrator. Their work explores shapes and the way that simplicity and complication coexist. Chelsea has a passion for teaching those who would not normally have access to woodworking education. ​After graduating from the University of South Florida with a BFA they have worked and taken opportunities up and down the east coast seeking growth in furniture making specifically. Currently Chelsea is teaching age 10-18 year olds in New Jersey and spends the summers in Mid Coast Maine teaching at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and focusing on their personal practice.

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