Chris Mroz and Fluted Beams of Gig Harbor
Fluted Beams LLC produces bendable hardwood and bentwood products and fabrications using a proprietary Extreme Wood Bending™ process that produces the worlds most dramatic and ambitions bentwood parts from thick, solid hardwoods.
Fluted Beams LLC is owned and managed by Chris Mroz (BS, MSc, MBA) in Gig Harbor, Washington, USA. Mroz is Canadian, but has
been a permanent resident of the USA since 1994. With a background in Arts, Sciences and Business, Mroz invented the Fluted Beam while developing a lightweight and strong curved rail for a boat building project. The idea was scaled up to architectural sized projects including prototype projects for Frank Gehry and Martha Schwartz. Other Extreme Bent Wood products are being utilized for grid shell buildings, interior landscape designs, trellis, canopies, curved walls, curved surfaces, and other large scale architectural fabrications.
Mroz also consults with academics, engineers, architects and designers regarding his specialized field of architectural extreme bent wood fabrication, and guest lectures on the subject at colleges and universities. Recently, Mroz has spoken at the annual meeting of the American Furniture Society, the American Timber framers Guild, and at the Wood Construction Center in Seattle.