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Steaming Wood

PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:40 pm
by Scott Anglin
This might be a dumb question, but is there any reason you need to steam bend the wood if you are happy with the shape of the hoop of the net?

I am currently air drying the net. It will be several months before it fully dries out and hardens. I still have to cut and connect the two branches. All I have done so far is cut, peel the bark, shape the hoop, and tie the hoop into shape.

Re: Steaming Wood

PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:05 am
by tsegelke
The only reason to steam wood is for the bending process. It is usually done when the wood is already cured/dried. One would steam fresh or green wood, if they are doing some radical bending. Tenkara nets are often shaped very quickly after the branch is cut. Therefore the moisture is still in the wood (considered green), and does not need to be steamed for shaping.