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Our  Story

Inspired by a love of woodwork and a curiosity to explore the ancient art of bending, Charles Mast started Woodbender in 1988 and was soon joined by his wife, Shirley, and father, John.

From the start, we were wooden furniture manufacturers who specialised in bending solid wooden timber, reviving a secretive old-world tradition from 1700 Europe. We taught ourselves the technique, building the necessary components and machinery and then picking up our first big client (where the original chairs are still being used today).

Over the years, we’ve become known as South African furniture manufacturers who produce high quality, solid wood furniture that’s durable, comfortable, beautiful to look at, and that offers excellent value. We use solid Ash timber imported from North America, where the certified forests are so vast that they replenish themselves naturally. Every piece is handcrafted, ensuring that each chair or table is as unique in character as the tree it’s made from.

We now run a sizeable furniture wholesaler enterprise made up of a factory and a showroom in the Western Cape and Gauteng. This family-owned business comprises the next generation of Masts as well as over 50 skilled men and women. We’re proud to be the first choice of furniture suppliers for many big brands as well as individuals, servicing clients across South Africa and beyond.

 

Our People & Process

What makes every Woodbender piece of furniture unique? At least twenty people contribute to each one, using a handcrafted process superior to other woodworking methods, because the integrity of the wood is preserved.

Our furniture is built to last, making it hugely suitable for the hospitality industry or the homeowner who wants pieces they’ll keep for generations. Our team provides their craftsmanship and service to the furniture, while our clients add their personal touch with their choice of timber finishes and fabric.

Hardwearing and durable without sacrificing design finesse or character, Woodbender products offer the perfect balance of functionality and beauty.

 

Our Commitment

Our commitment. We:

  • Guarantee excellence in service and product
  • Strive for innovation at every level
  • Bring honesty and integrity to all we do
  • Promise that our products will always be unique
  • Will always endeavour to create a sustainable and rewarding work environment
  • Will remain ever respectful of our team, our clients and our suppliers
 

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