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Wednesday 10 March 2021


This course is built around three live sessions:

Weds 17 March, 2–3.30pm
Weds 24 March, 2–3.30pm
Weds 31 March, 2–3.30pm

Participants must be able to attend all three sessions.

Apply by 2pm on Wednesday 10 March. Application info is in the main text.

Laminating is a technique used throughout the woodwork industry to create light, strong, curved components by gluing multiple layers together. Since its inception into manufacturing the technique has been immensely popular with designers, allowing them to incorporate radical curves into their designs, without sacrificing strength and doing away with the visual weight of thicker components. 

This practical course is made up of a combination of live sessions and online learning. You will be introduced to the vacuum forming method of laminating, using real wood veneers to make a small curved mirror. You’ll learn which materials lend themselves to laminating, what adhesives to use, what a former is and how it is made, the basics of woodwork marking out, how to sand wood and how to apply a hard wax oil finish. 

We don’t expect you to have industrial vacuum equipment, so we’ve come up with a way of using a clothes storage bag and your domestic hoover so you can start your laminating journey. All the materials you need, and a vacuum bag, will be provided and posted to you.

By the end of the course you will understand:
– The basic principles of vacuum forming 
– What laminating is and why and how it’s used 
– What a former is, what it’s used for and what to consider when designing them
– Basic marking out and why it’s done 
– How to sand and finish wood

The course will be led by Jan Waterson. Jan is Senior Technician at STEAMhouse. A woodworking specialist he supports members through all stages of the design and make process, helping connect the dots between materials, design and fabrication.

How to Apply

This workshop is fully funded. To take part you must be an eligible SME – this means you must be registered as self-employed or have your own business and be based in England.

Spaces are very limited and we expect the workshop to be oversubscribed. To apply to take part please email the following information to by 2pm on Wednesday 10 March.

1. A short expression of interest explaining why you want to take part in the workshop and how you think it will benefit your business. We are looking for participants who have a clear sense of how they might apply the knowledge they will gain.

2. If you are not already a STEAMhouse member, please also introduce yourself and let us know what you do, and where you are based – including confirmation that you are self-employed or have your own business

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