Curvature in the Nine-month

Written by Heide Martin on .

The Curvature portion of the Nine-month Comprehensive is always an interesting time to walk through the shops. Students are exposed to a wide array of bending techniques over the span of the 5 week segment, and apply these techniques to an original design. A walk through the bench and machine room during “curves” is always full of surprises, and this year is no exception.

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Guest instructor Bruce Beeken has joined Aled Lewis to teach this segment of the course. It has been a busy few weeks for them, as for the students! Students are tacking a wide array of projects, including a set of snow shoes, a cradle, a series of snare drums, and a music stand. Be sure to visit us on Facebook and Instagram for more images of projects as they develop.

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Bending projects require a great deal of ingenuity, and there is a lot of work done behind the scenes in the building of accurate jigs and fixtures. Below, student Ren Provey with a shaper jig he built for his coopered bench design.

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A steam bending form for a snowshoe, and a coopering jig.

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Student Matt McLaughlin has built a series of router jigs for a series of snare drums he is building. The drums are coopered and then shaped round through routing and sanding.

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Photos by Matt McLaughlin (below)

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Photos by Matt McLaughlin (below)

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Below, a series of laminations prepped for glue up and another set in clamps.

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Several students tackled very long bends of up to 8’, using both steam and lamination techniques.

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The bench room and machine room are both full of activity these days, as students near the completion of their projects. Looking forward to seeing these builds come together!

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