Steam Bending

How do you bend thick hardwood planks to form the curved and graceful shape of a wooden boat?  In our Steam Shed, we examine various items that have been steam bent and learn about the science behind the art of steam bending wood.  After experimenting with smaller pieces, students become a shipyard “planking gang,” steaming and hanging a 20’ oak plank onto the frames of a scaled-down version of an historic 70’ dragger.