Excerpt from Camping and Woodcraft: A Handbook for Vacation
Campers and for Travelers in the Wilderness by Horace Kephart,
The MacMillan Company, 1921.
Small pieces of green wood can be bent to a required form by
merely soaking the pieces for two or three days in water, but
if it is desired that they should retain their new shape, they
should be steamed. Small pieces can be immersed in a kettle
of hot water. A long, slender one is suppled by laying it over
the kettle, mopping it with boiling water, and shifting it along
as required. Large pieces may be steamed in a trench partly
filled with water, by throwing red-hot stones into it. Then
drive stout stakes into the ground, in the outline desired,
and bend the steamed wood over these stakes, with small sticks
underneath to keep the wood from contact with the ground, that
it may dry more readily. If a simple bow-shape is all that is
wanted, it can be secured by merely sticking the two ends of
the wood into the ground and letting the bow stand upright to
dry; or, use the Spanish windlass, as shown in Fig. 54.
54-Spanish windlass (for bending wood)
Editor's Note: This is a reprint of a portion of a book originally
published in 1921. It describes what was recommended in accordance
with the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it,
please consider this fact.