Class description

In this two-day class, you will learn traditional steam bending techniques, and how to create small boxes using a variety of processes. Steam-bent boxes can be found in several cultures, from the traditional Magewappa Japanese lunch box to the classic Shaker box reminiscent of the 1800s American Shaker Culture.

In this class, we will learn how to prepare the materials and create a steam-bent oval box in the style of the traditional American Shaker Box.

There will be the opportunity to make several boxes using different timbers, and to finish them with shellac and traditional milk paint.

Suitable for beginners with no experience up to intermediate students. Children 14+ are welcome to participate in this course.

Please note, we require a parent or guardian to be on the premises for the duration of the class if a minor is attending.


Participants will not only produce beautifully unique storage solutions but also master the intricate technique of bending wood. With newfound skills in shaping, bending, and assembling, attendees will be poised to approach woodworking projects with innovation and assurance.


PPE will be supplied however students wishing to bring their own should come with a face mask, safety glasses or goggles and earmuffs or earplugs.

Closed shoes are a mandatory requirement for all students.

Those with their own tools relevant to the class should also bring them along to get better accustomed at using them but we also supply all tools if you don’t have any.

We have a kitchen onsite with fridge and microwave for those that want to bring their own food, and there are also takeaway options within walking distance.

WORK SHOP location

12 Gerald Street, Marrickville NSW

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  • Tickets $390

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About Eliza Maunsell

After many years working for all the major theatre and live entertainment companies as a stage manager, production manager, prop buyer and maker, set builder, and theatre technician, Eliza started Eliza Wood Co in 2020 to work on her own designs. She makes sculptures and architectural pieces, fine furniture and lighting, using complex techniques. Eliza also does antique furniture repairs and refinishing. She is influenced by her experiences in the theatre design world, using texture, colour, and lighting to tell a story.
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