David Haig
September 9-20

This course is for woodworkers who want to design and build curved work with confidence. Each student comes prepared with sketches for a project—such as a small table, music stand, or cabinet—that they develop during the course. More complex projects may be completed at home.

Through lecture and demonstration, David shares his extensive knowledge of laminate bending; steam bending; and other techniques such as stack lamination and coopering; all of which may be achieved with straightforward equipment that is readily available. Topics include designing for curves; choosing the right bending techniques for work in solid wood, veneer, and/or bending ply; building forms; working with vacuum bag technology and other clamping strategies; making tapered laminations, and joinery options for curved components.

David Haig is one of New Zealand's leading furniture makers, with over 30 years' professional experience and an international clientele. His award-winning work is characterized by graceful use of steam-bent, curvilinear forms. David writes for Australian Wood Review, has taught frequently at the Perth Woodschool in Australia, and has helped to develop and run the full-time program at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in New Zealand. His website is


Open to intermediate and more advanced woodworkers.


Tuition: $1,440

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classic view walnut desk and vchair 2009
Writing Desk and Chair  by David Haig, walnut, 2009