Our StoryInspired 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.