So how exactly do you bend a solid piece of timber to make bentwood chairs?
Well after 8 months of drying the timber at various stages in various ways, the timber is then cut to the required length and profile to suit the chair design. The straight pieces of timber up to 2.5m in length are then steamed at a specific temperature under pressure. When ready, the steamed timber is quickly removed. It then takes up to 4 highly experienced and very strong wood bending artisans, to bend and clamp the hot steaming timber into a metal mould. Each mould, complete with timber held firmly in place, is then left to dry in a controlled environment. It has been done this way for over 130 years. Why try change perfection. Find out more about how bentwood chairs are made here.