It has been several days since my last post. We flew to Dallas to visit my son David, who incidentally, created this blog for me. Thanks David!
After the sides are thinned to a thickness that will allow for bending, I turn to my side bending jig. I built this jig based on Charles Fox’s bending jig. I met Charles several years ago on a California vacation. At that time he had his shop in Healdsburg, just north of San Francisco (my hometown by the way). He graciously spent several hours of his time with my son Ryan and I, showing us around his shop and explaining his building process. That was a very enjoyable visit.
I spritz the sides with water and I continue to do so through much of the bending process. I place the side between the heated steel slats and carefully make sure the side is exactly square to the jig and the waist line that I had pre-drawn is dead-center to the waist press I will use to initiate the bending.
The waist is the first bend to be made. Using the press, I rotate it slowly to push down a cedar block that has been shaped to the contour of the waist. The waist is heated and bent until it reaches the contour of the jig template.