We took the deep plunge into the world of steam-bending and came out of it… with ribs! Ribs that look pretty good! Ribs that seem to be pretty fair! Woot!
We finally got a spell of great weather and I was able to grab two days of staycation to buckle down on this step. Some before and after is worth a look. Here is my set-up, minus the heat source (an electronic hot-plate / portable range, $20 from Target. My wife informs me that the kettle is Felix the Cat, though I am not fully convinced this isn’t further evidence of this being a Mickey Mouse operation.
Here are the ribs. I went with the tried and true white oak.
Here is the whole business running. It was tricky – definitely on the outside end of the heat tolerance for some parts.
And now… the results!
I’m pretty happy with it, at this point. Now, on to final fairing and lashing…