I am bending 1/8th strips of shag bark hickory to make
Native American ball sticks. For some reason, the wood
I harvested is cracking during the bend unlike any other
hickory I've used in the past.
Questions for you pro wood benders:
1) I harvested the wood a little late in the year (May).
Would this really make that much difference in bending?
2) Can the place where I harvested hickory make a big
difference? I got the wood 75 miles north of me in a state
park (with permission).
3) I've been trying to steam bend the wood. I built a steam
box using 4" PVC and a steam kettle. It seems to work ok. Using
the 1 inch per hour formula, I tried steaming for 10 minutes,
no luck. 20 minutes, no luck. 30 minutes, some luck. At what
point am I oversteaming the 1/8th inch strips to make them weak?
Should I go ahead steam even longer to make hopefully more
Thanks much for any help.