Woodbender is a family-owned and run business started by the Mast family in 1988. Inspired by the old-world tradition of bending solid wood, we have spent the last three decades building specialised machinery and experimenting with different timbers and designs to create a unique collection of bentwood furniture comprising of chairs, stools and occasional chairs.
Bending wood was first done by hand in the late 18th Century in Europe and was used for making sleighs, tools and later furniture. There are many benefits of using this manufacturing method for furniture making. First and foremost, for us, is the superior strength and durability that using solid bentwood provides. Bending solid timber into the required shapes reduces component parts required and as a result the product contains less joints, and therefore less potential weak points.
As opposed to cutting out shapes and interrupting the grain of the wood, the bent components preserve the grain and inherent strength of the wood. It also results in less wood waste. Aside from the structural and sustainable benefits of using solid bentwood parts, it also offers unique styling and design opportunities for our products.
The Woodbender Collection is all individually handcrafted in South Africa from Ash timber which has been sourced from sustainable certified forests. Our products have earned a reputation in the marketplace over the past 30 years, for adding lasting value to any décor or functional space requiring hard working yet beautiful seating solutions. The collection is constantly evolving as we offer our unique interpretation of market needs and trends and continually stretch the possibilities that bending wood has to offer. To find out more about how we make our furniture watch our video: The Making of a Woodbender Chair.
We work with interior designers, architects, restaurants, franchise groups, hotels, casinos, hospitals, retirement villages, sports clubs, schools, offices and private homeowners. Our professional and experienced team of seating experts work closely with our customers assisting them in their selection of product design, timber finish and fabric ensuring that their Woodbender furniture is perfectly suited to their unique application.