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Sam drives the tacks, Ev holds the rib and the clenching iron.
Sam drives the tacks, Ev holds the rib and the clenching iron.

Heard Up North: steam-bending, baby-size

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Steam-bent ribs are a standard feature in many traditional boats. Oak (or other wood) ribs are softened by steaming, then quickly forced to conform to inside of the shell of the boat and clench-nailed in place. It's a two-man job. And the process is the same, big boat or small. Sam Newman got help bending the ribs into a very traditional, but very small craft: a cradle.

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Martha Foley
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