Steam Bending Chief’s Chair Leg

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This is really an historic item, but I wanted to include this steam bending video on my site as it was such a great day when this worked!  The back leg of the Chief’s Chair is made from a 60mm x 40mm section of Ash which has been steam bent into a curve.  The section is quite large, so there was a good chance that the steam bending would not work first time.  Fortunately for me it did!  This video shows the actual bending of the Ash leg, immediately after it has been removed from the steam box, in which it had been left for around 2 hours.  Thanks to my fellow students for assisting with the bending, although those pushing the leg around into a curve said that it went around really easily, with hardly any effort.

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