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I make birch bark canoes and to bend the ribs I boil them in a tube angled over a fire. I am getting into cedar canvas canoe buiding in the near future, and am wondering if anyone has any input on whether or not boiling is not the best way to go.
Steaming is more popular, of course, but my experience tells me it takes longer and the wood does not bend as obediently.
Is there a drawback to the boil method?
Thanks for your input!
Edited 6/26/2006 7:01 pm ET by johnzeitoun