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Steam Bending Course - Make A Tray

Steam Bending Course - Make A Tray

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This is a beginners woodworking course for adults wanting to get really hands on with woodwork in a completely new way. No prior experience or knowledge of working with wood necessary. Attend on your own or with a friend or family member. Come away with some exciting creations and an experience you will be talking about for years to come.

Maximum of 7 places available per workshop. Contact us to arrange a date if you would like an exclusive workshop for groups of 3-7 people.


What's involved?

There is minimal demonstrating from us during this workshop. Our goal is to get you involved and steam bending within a very short time of arriving. You will experiment with steam bending under our supervision and learn about the possibilities and limitations of the Oak wood through your own creations.

The day will be spent experimenting and also creating your own stylish wooden tray. You will have the creative freedom to make the piece you are working on unique to you through the numerous options available on the day.

Prepare to be amazed each time the initially solid Oak curves and twists before your eyes.

We hope you will end the day amazed by not only the capabilities of the unique technique of steam bending but by the creations you are taking home with you.

All materials and equipment is supplied.

When & where is it?

See drop down menu for current dates and times.

At our garden workshop in the creative county of Suffolk. Come and visit our workshop, designed and built by us in the garden of our tradition thatched cottage. 

Can't make these dates? Register your interest in future workshops here.

(detailed directions and additional information available once place is booked)

What to bring?

A packed lunch.
Closed toe shoes and ties for long hair.
All equipment and materials for the day are provided. 

Who is running it?

Madeleine and Myles are qualified Product Designers who have been running a successful business specialising in steam bending since 2012. Madeleine is also a qualified teacher and their combined skills make this workshop educational, engaging and fulfilling. They enjoy passing on their skills and passion through their workshops.


"Madeleine & Myles were very helpful in answering all our questions. The quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail of their products is so high that I have no doubt their workshops will be a fantastic experience." Jennifer R.

Cancellation Policy

Please check location, dates and times carefully before booking the workshop as places are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend then the following options are available to you:

  • We will happily offer you a full refund, or a place on a future workshop if the original workshop ticket is successfully resold before the workshop takes place.
  • If you are able to find suitable participants to take your place, we will happily transfer the booking to them. Please just let us know.

If the workshop is postponed due to national/regional lockdown, we will reschedule the workshop to a new date that all participants can attend.

If in the unfortunate event that the workshop is cancelled by us, alternative dates will be offered and a full refund will be given if you are unable to attend the rescheduled workshop. We are not liable for any accommodation/travel costs in any situation.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Gary Mold
Great Fun

I’m not a skilled crafter but really felt I learnt something over the day and without feeling intimidated about the skill level. On top of that left with a great product which everyone can’t believe I made, but I did. Can’t recommend highly enough if you want to try something new.

Fiona Abraham
Love My Tray- A Wonderful Day

I was a little apprehensive as I was going alone but I certainly didn't need to as Maddy and Myles immediately made me feel at ease and welcomed me into their amazing self built workshop. I met some other lovely people attending the course and everything was very relaxed and I could really enjoy listening and learning how to steam and bend wood. We made several pieces learning steaming and bending techniques finishing with an amaxing tray we had helped with the steaming technique, chosen out of so many choices of wood, oil stain and the amazing cork background of the tray. Both Maddy and Myles were incredibly interesting and knowledgeable, answering any questions and fully committed to sustainability of both the wood they use and all of their products. A very tranquil and amazing day, thank you Maddy and Myles I can't stop looking and touching my beautiful tray, feels so good!! Thank you, hopefully I will be back! Fi

Liz Morris
Tray Making Course

A thoroughly enjoyable and interesting day in conducive surroundings. Madeleine and Myles made us very welcome and guided us through the processes of wood steaming and bending giving us lots of opportunities to try different pieces of wood whilst at the same time working on our beautiful trays. Don’t be put off if you’ve never worked with wood before, Madeleine and Myles were kind, supportive, excellent teachers demonstrating all techniques and giving help whenever needed. I highly recommend this course and am delighted with the end product.

Suffolk Reviewer
Fantastic Day

Fantastic day

Learning about wood and bending oak was fascinating and then creating a beautiful tray in the lovely Suffolk countryside

So good to come away with a quality product that we will use and treasure for years to come

Mady and Miles have built a well planned day delivered with their engaging style and love of wood

Great value, especially when you consider the value of the tray we created

Highly recommended

Philip Smith
Steam bent tray

The course was very well run with everything that you needed being provided. All equipment was first class and everyone made a very high quality tray: even those with little or no woodworking experience. The tutors had obviously done a lot of preparation to ensure everything went smoothly, and make sure there was plenty of time to get everything finished properly. There were also plenty of options on the tray’s finish so everyone could get a tray to their own preferences.

I thoroughly enjoyed the day and would recommend it to anyone, regardless of woodworking experience.

Phil Smith