RHS Chelsea

The making of the Wave

We spent last winter making our most ambitious steam-bent structure yet, a pavilion for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 called the Wave.

The steam-bent Wave is now available to buy at Sladers Yard Gallery and install in its permanent location. Made over last winter for the Chelsea Flower Show 2019 as part of Thomas Hoblyn’s Dubai Majlis show garden, as far as we are aware the Wave is the most radical steam-bent form ever made.

Thirty-foot lengths of solid Herefordshire Douglas Fir were bent using only skill, steam and man-power. This beautiful structure makes a remarkable feature in any garden.

With a glass back wall, it could frame a view and offer shelter from the prevailing wind. It could have a textured back wall as Tom Hoblyn used it, for shade and tranquility in the hectic Chelsea Flower Show. It could be a performance space or an elegant place to sit. Being Scandinavian, Petter imagines it surrounding a hot tub. It makes a remarkable feature and point of focus where ever it goes.

Could this be the structure you need?

The Wave at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The Dubai Majlis Show Garden

Thomas Hoblyn’s Dubai Majlis Show Garden

If you are interested in the Wave or in Petter Southall’s steam-bent designs, please contact Sladers Yard Gallery on t: 01308 459511 or email:

We have installed the Wave in the yard here at Sladers Yard with dry stone walls and a temporary wooden structure to anchor it in place however there are any number of potential ways this piece could be made to work in your space. Petter is happy to discuss ideas for its next installation.

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