Christine Fantle – Blog Post 7
Although wood has long been used as a building material, we have been very limited in the ways that we are able to use it. Wood furniture has typically been straight pieces of wood pieced together to make elaborate box like shapes. In the past we have been able to make other shapes with wood through elaborate processes that required very thin pieces of wood that are either seamed or cut and then bent in order to achieve a curve.
Bendywood makes the wood bending process easier. The wood bends dry, and does not need any special equipment to bend. The wood is steamed in factory and compressed, allowing the wood to be easily bent when it reaches the consumer. The process is completely chemical free. It works just like normal wood, but with less work for the consumer. It can be bent up to a radius of 1:10, and can be re-bent as many times as needed.
Bendywood is a great product for indoor use on things like furniture and handrails, but the product cannot be used outside. This is due to the fact that it should not come into contact with water, or you risk the wood losing all of the qualities that allow it to bend, and look good. In order to further push this innovation, it would be nice to be able to use the material for outdoor use as well.